By Donna Summerall
Columbus author Deborah Johnson is bringing her latest novel to the Luncheon with Books at noon, April 24 at the Bryan Public Library in West Point.
In 1946, a young female attorney from New York City attempts the impossible: attaining justice for a black man in the Deep South. Johnson takes her readers back in time to witness Mississippi in the wake of World War II.
The novel’s heroine, Regina Robichard, works for Thurgood Marshall (the first African American Associate Justice of the Supreme Court), 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. Once down in Mississippi, Robichard finds that nothing in the South is as it seems. She must navigate the muddy waters of racism, relationships and her own tragic past. As a child, Robichard was captivated by Calhoun’s The Secret of Magic, a novel in which white and black children played together in a magical forest.
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