The Secret of Magic
Deborah Johnson
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Jul 04, 2020 - 04:43 AMBy Deborah Johnson

In 1946, a young female attorney from New York City attempts the impossible attaining justice for a black man in the Deep South.Regina Robichard works for Thurgood Marshall, who receives an unusual letter asking the NAACP to investigate the murder of a returning black war hero It is signed by M P Calhoun, the most reclusive author in the country.As a child, Regina wasIn 1946, a young female attorney from New York City attempts the impossible attaining justice for a black man in the Deep South.Regina Robichard works for Thurgood Marshall, who receives an unusual letter asking the NAACP to investigate the murder of a returning black war hero It is signed by M P Calhoun, the most reclusive author in the country.As a child, Regina was captivated by Calhoun s The Secret of Magic, a novel in which white and black children played together in a magical forest.Once down in Mississippi, Regina finds that nothing in the South is as it seems She must navigate the muddy waters of racism, relationships, and her own tragic past The Secret of Magic brilliantly explores the power of stories and those who tell them.
  • Title: The Secret of Magic
  • Author: Deborah Johnson
  • ISBN: 9780399157721
  • Page: 401
  • Format: Hardcover

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Diane S ☔ Jul 04, 2020 - 04:43 AM
3.5 1946, the war is over and a young black man, a decorated veteran, is returning home by bus, to Alabama and his waiting father He never makes it and his body is found several days later and his father wants justice for the murder of his son.This is the beginning of the Civil Rights era, but it has not yet reached the deep South, where a white man can brag about killing a black man, without fear of repercussions, especially a young, wealthy white man from a prominent family.The tangled lives o [...]
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Shelleyrae at Book"d Out Jul 04, 2020 - 04:43 AM
In the Secret of Magic, the authenticity of historical fact blends seamlessly with fiction to explore the tragic murder of a young man and a woman s determination to bring those responsible to justice In 1946 a young African American serviceman, Joe Howard Wilson, recently returned from the fighting in Italy, is beaten to death on his way home to Revere, Mississippi A year later, his death having been ruled an accident, the NAACP Legal Defense Fund in New York receives a letter asking them to in [...]
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Dale Harcombe Jul 04, 2020 - 04:43 AM
Three and a half starsThe time is October 1945 and Joe Howard Wilson, a young Negro soldier is on his way back home to Mississippi and his father But he never makes it home Then his body is found The law classifies his death as an accident But there are those who know it was not Move forward twelve months and the NAACP Legal Defense receives a letter from well known author M.P Calhoun asking for the death of Joe Howard Wilson and the court s ruling to be investigated Thurgood Marshall allows Reg [...]
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Laura P Jul 04, 2020 - 04:43 AM
4 1 2 StarsWhen I finished this book all I could say was Wow An incredible story that led me to experience a wide range of emotions from beginning to end When I first picked up this book and read the back cover, I had second thoughts about reading it It just didn t sound as appealing as the blurb must have when I first requested a copy But I dove in anyway a little slow at first but it soon sucked me deep into the story within the story This is a must read for anyone interested in the South and [...]
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Nicole R Jul 04, 2020 - 04:43 AM
The secret of incorporating literary magic into a novel obviously eluded Ms Johnson.Joe Howard Wilson is returning home to Mississippi after fighting in WW2 He is looking forward to seeing his father Willie Willie but knows that the war has changed how he views race relations in the South When he turns up dead, Ms Mary Pickett Calhoun writes the legendary Thurgood Marshall to come down from New York to help sort things out But, Mr Marshall sends Ms Regina Robihcaud instead and she gets her first [...]
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Audrey Jul 04, 2020 - 04:43 AM
I really wanted to like this book but it just wasn t that interesting It had all the makings of a great read historical fiction loosely based on real people, advent of the civil rights movement post WWII, one of the first african american female attorneys, the newish NAACP and appearances by a young Thurgood Marshall Plus, the other story line was a fictional beloved children s book But, something was off about the story and writing style The underlying description of mistreatment of the returni [...]
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Meg - A Bookish Affair Jul 04, 2020 - 04:43 AM
The Secret of Magic takes place in the mid 1940s It s just after World War II and the United States is starting to put itself back together again as its young men come home In the South, a young black man comes home as a decorated soldier and he hopes that his life and that of his family will be able to be better than it was before the war It s not to be though and he is murdered, which will set off the main events of this book.Regina is our main character in this book She is a young lawyer who [...]
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Kathleen Jul 04, 2020 - 04:43 AM
This is a wonderful book, beautifully written If you are reading, teaching, learning about Black History Month, make time for this book Set in Mississippi and New York in the late 1940s, it centers around a young, female African American lawyer for the NAACP Negro Defense Fund who is sent by Thurgood Marshall to investigate the murder of a returning black soldier.
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Cosima Jul 04, 2020 - 04:43 AM
Lieutenant Joe Howard Wilson is returning home via bus after being honorably discharged from the Army for his service in WW2 He ends up being brutally murdered before he can make it all the way home to Mississippi Regina Robichard is a rookie lawyer from New York who works under the tutelage of Thurgood Marshall at the NAACP Legal Defense Fund She feels that she can prove herself to her male coworkers by helping to solve this case and getting justice for Joe Howard s father, Willie Willie Regina [...]
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Nicole Means Jul 04, 2020 - 04:43 AM
Wow All I have to say is WOW By the end of The Secret of Magic I was shedding tears BIG, ugly cry tears.Do not believe the review that compare this to The Help While I loved The Help, the only two things these books have in common is the setting, Jim Crow South, and that they both received the Oprah stamp of approval Not all books about the Jim Crow south are the same, and it is insulting to imply that The Secret of Magic is magical with characters the readers will be completely charmed with Oth [...]
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Linda Jul 04, 2020 - 04:43 AM
After a long library que wait, finally I sat down to begin a much anticipated read Inside this beautifully designed cover is the story of four people who are determined to challenge the way things have always been done in Revere, Mississippi Its 1945, the war is over First leutenant John Howard is going home He quietly rides the Bonnie Blue Bus line sitting in the colored section until he is asked to give up his seat to German POW s And there it begins, the fight for dignity and justice for all [...]
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K.E. Garvey Jul 04, 2020 - 04:43 AM
The Secret of Magic is a book within a book Although my initial thoughts were that such a stylistic choice would be hard to follow or confusing, my initial impression was wrong.First, the pros The author s voice and style Much of her prose is poetic The flow and delivery of the story is smooth and melodic.The setting The author sets up 1946 rural Mississippi well enough to take us there without an overload of detail to take away from the story.I enjoyed the fact that the read and the book within [...]
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Carol Jul 04, 2020 - 04:43 AM
This is a story within a story that held me tightly until the last page In fact, I went on to read the author s acknowledgments and note I didn t want it to end In the main story, it is 1946 incidentally, the year I was born , and the main character, Regina Robichard, works for Thurgood Marshall, the leader of the NAACP Legal Defense Fund in New York She is sent to Mississippi to investigate the death of a black war hero who had been heading home In the secondary story, woven beautifully and exp [...]
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Nandi Crawford Jul 04, 2020 - 04:43 AM
A magical,yet haunting novel about a returning black WW2 veteran on his way home to a small town in Mississippi,and is killed A young female attorney goes down and investigate for the NAACP What she finds is secrets,mystery and a book and forest in the middle.Update This timeless story about a young black WW2 Veteran coming home and fighting for the right of not giving up his seat to German POWs is at the root of the thing Another point is a childhood book written by a local author who fights to [...]
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Rachelle Jul 04, 2020 - 04:43 AM
A black WWII decorated soldier heads home to Mississippi in 1946, he is taken off a bus by a group of hooded men and is found dead a week later His death is ruled an accident and no criminal charges are filed But someone cares about what happened and sends a letter to Thurgood Marshall at his NAACP office in New York A young black female attorney on Marshall s staff goes down to Mississippi to investigate While the story evolves too slowly I think they could have edited it down by 50 pages , I f [...]
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Bree T Jul 04, 2020 - 04:43 AM
In 1946, Regina Robichard is hired by Thurgood Marshall at the NAACP National Association for the Advancement of Colored People Legan Defense Fund She has sat the bar in New York but will not hear of her results for another couple of weeks One Saturday whilst hard at work, Regina opens a letter address to Marshall from a famous reclusive children s author, M.P Calhoun.Calhoun asks Thurgood Marshall to travel to the town of Revere in Mississippi to investigate the murder of returned serviceman Jo [...]
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Erica Jul 04, 2020 - 04:43 AM
I absolutely loved this book Be sure to read the authors note at the end.
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Rebekka Haugen Jul 04, 2020 - 04:43 AM
I considered quitting this one and I never quit a book.
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Leah Jul 04, 2020 - 04:43 AM
Lordy I would not have chosen this book on my own twas a book club selection , and I put off reading it for a long time because it s so sad, but once I got into it it was difficult to put down The story was gripping, the characters were developed well, and the dialogue felt authentic Beautiful writing, too Read a plot summary for info on that, but if you like a well written, transportive, historical novel with a bit of suspense, you ll likely enjoy it, too.
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Debbie Koltzenburg Thompson Jul 04, 2020 - 04:43 AM
Very hard to imagine the life African Americans faced not so many years ago I know history but each time you read something like this it, it brings it right back to forefront and makes me so mad I hate the way they were treated and just want to scream at different places in this book For a fictional book it had so much reality and not a good reality.
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Tara Chevrestt Jul 04, 2020 - 04:43 AM
Reading this novel was like studying a piece of art It makes the reader feel a gamut of emotions and like a connect the dots, you try to figure out how it all comes together And though it doesn t tie itself up in a tidy bow in the end this is about real life, after all, you re somehow left feeling satisfied.You walk away from it with your life enriched than before the book appeared in your hands.In a nutshell an African American woman is trying to make it as a lawyer with the NAACP, working for [...]
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Nicholas Jul 04, 2020 - 04:43 AM
I m not big on historical fiction, but The Secret of Magic won me over almost instantly Loosely based on a number of historical figures Thurgood Marshall, Constance Baker Motley , as well as incidents and institutions during the 1940s the NAACP Legal Defense Fund and the lynchings of returning black WW II servicemen in the South the actual story is all the invention of the author And it s a really compelling story Regina Robichard, the first woman to be hired by Marshall at the NAACP, goes south [...]
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Elizabeth of Silver"s Reviews Jul 04, 2020 - 04:43 AM
A year old murder, a book paralleling events and characters, and the South in the 1940 s after WWII.The charm of the South as well as its deep seated prejudices comes forth in THE SECRET OF MAGIC as Regina Robichard travels from New York City to Revere, Mississippi, to investigate the murder of a young black man just returning from the war.Regina hits brick walls right from the start even though she was invited by M P Calhoun, a powerful woman and author of a book also titled The Secret of Magic [...]
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Camilla Jul 04, 2020 - 04:43 AM
Deborah Johnson does a wonderful job of storytelling in The Secret of Magic I ve heard stories of encounters between Whites and African Americans in the South and they closely mirror the experiences that Ms Johnson describes.This is story is set in post World War II Mississippi, 1945 A young Negro attorney from New York, Regina Robichard, armed with a letter written by M.P Calhoun and a photograph of Joe Howard Wilson and his father, Willie Willie, goes to Revere, Mississippi to investigate the [...]
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Aoife Jul 04, 2020 - 04:43 AM
A very enjoyable book about a young black female civil rights lawyer in 1946 Regina Mary Robichard is inspired to travel to Mississippi to help in solving the murder case of a young black soldier when the author of her favorite book writes to her office for help When Regina gets to Revere, she finds out that the case is going to be a lot difficult than she believed She is deep in Jim Crow laws, lynching is very common and the white men and women who take part in the racist acts are not imprison [...]
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Linda Jul 04, 2020 - 04:43 AM
This book, The Secret of Magic, by Deborah Johnson, is a deeply moving story about a Jim Crow days in the deep South, in Mississippi, after World War II This fictional account is based on an actual event when a young black veteran is murdered by a group of white hooded men shortly after retuning home from the war Following an incident on a public bus when the Honored Veteran Joe Howard Wilson refused to give up his seat to a Nazi prisoner he was removed by a group of white hooded men, and his bo [...]
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Kerrie Jul 04, 2020 - 04:43 AM
A solid quick read Found a few errors the editor missed which was weird The writing was fast moving which was nice, but not as strong as I would have liked There were some passes as flowery language but I almost would have preferred if the book had gone all plot as the passes weren t as engrossing as they should have been.
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Wilhelmina Jenkins Jul 04, 2020 - 04:43 AM
I enjoyed Deborah Johnson s first novel, The Air Between Us, and I enjoyed this one as well The concept of the book was compelling a young African American soldier returns from WWII and is murdered on his way home An author from his hometown in Mississippi a white woman who wrote a best seller about her childhood writes the NAACP requesting an investigation by Thurgood Marshall Instead, the NAACP sends a young African American woman lawyer who knows very little about life in the Jim Crow south M [...]
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Lydia Presley Jul 04, 2020 - 04:43 AM
To be honest, I wasn t sure what I would think of The Secret of Magic There s a comparison to The Help in the blurb on the front of the advanced copy I received from Penguin, and that was almost enough to put me off of reading The Secret of Magic You see, while The Help was good for a few chuckles from me, I still couldn t get past how much I disliked the dynamics of the book I hated seeing everything made right by yet another privileged white woman who comes to the rescue And while I understand [...]
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Kendall Jul 04, 2020 - 04:43 AM
The Secret of Magic is a thoroughly enjoyable read Inspired by a true case of a WWII serviceman who was singled out and arrested on a bus in the North Carolina, then brutally abused while in custody for insisting on his most basic civil rights, Deborah Johnson weaves a magical realist tale combined with realities of the the early Civil Rights era Thurgood Marshall and the NAACP s Legal Defense Fund figure in the novel, and 1940 s Columbus, MS, provides much of the backdrop for the fictional town [...]
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The Secret of Magic By Deborah Johnson In 1946, a young female attorney from New York City attempts the impossible attaining justice for a black man in the Deep South.Regina Robichard works for Thurgood Marshall, who receives an unusual letter asking the NAACP to investigate the murder of a returning black war hero It is signed by M P Calhoun, the most reclusive author in the country.As a child, Regina wasIn 1946, a young female attorney from New York City attempts the impossible attaining justice for a black man in the Deep South.Regina Robichard works for Thurgood Marshall, who receives an unusual letter asking the NAACP to investigate the murder of a returning black war hero It is signed by M P Calhoun, the most reclusive author in the country.As a child, Regina was captivated by Calhoun s The Secret of Magic, a novel in which white and black children played together in a magical forest.Once down in Mississippi, Regina finds that nothing in the South is as it seems She must navigate the muddy waters of racism, relationships, and her own tragic past The Secret of Magic brilliantly explores the power of stories and those who tell them.

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