The Secret of Magic You can almost hear the rustle of Spanish moss and the clink of ice cubes in glasses of sweet tea in Johnson's novel, which captures… The Secret of Magic You can almost hear the rustle of Spanish moss and the clink of ice cubes in glasses of sweet tea in Johnson's novel, which captures… 2014-01-21 Fiction Putnam
Book Review

The Secret Of Magic (2014)

THE SECRET OF MAGIC Deborah Johnson
THE SECRET OF MAGIC Deborah Johnson
EW's GRADE
A-

Details Release Date: Jan 21, 2014; Writer: Deborah Johnson; Genre: Fiction; Publisher: Putnam

You can almost hear the rustle of Spanish moss and the clink of ice cubes in glasses of sweet tea in Johnson's novel, which captures the duality of the Jim Crow South. When a black war hero is murdered in Revere, Miss., the NAACP sends Regina Robichard to investigate. As Regina navigates Revere with both horror and wonder, Johnson interweaves her story with a novel by a local matriarch, steeping the reader in town mythology. Regina's voice can seem naive, but Johnson makes up for it with her rich portrayal of Revere and its inhabitants. A-

Originally posted Feb 12, 2014 Published in issue #1299 Feb 21, 2014 Order article reprints
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