Magic Time by Doug Marlette
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A prize-winning Southern master storyteller weaves a riveting tale of love, mystery and justice

When the Pulitzer Prize-winning cartoonist Doug Marlette last turned to fiction, Valerie Sayers rejoiced in The Washington Post Book World: "The Bridge [is] a great story--exuberant, proud, myth-challenging--and Marlette has a great, Dickensian time with the telling." Pat Conroy saluted The Bridge as the finest first novel to come out of North Carolina since Look Homeward, Angel. Studs Turkel called it "enthralling." Kaye Gibbons marveled at its "extraordinary grace [and] humor." And the Southeast Booksellers Association gave The Bridge the 2002 Book Award for Fiction.

Marlette's new novel, Magic Time, is a spellbinding stew of history, murder, courtroom drama, humor, love, betrayal, and justice. Moving between New York City and the New South of the early 1990s, with flashbacks to Mississippi's cataclysmic Freedom Summer of 1964, Magic Time tells the story of New York newspaper columnist Carter Ransom, a son of Mississippi, who had the great fortune and terrible luck of falling in love that summer of '64 with a New York-born civil rights worker who wound up being killed alongside three coworkers. Carter's father, the local judge, presided over the first trial of the murders. But now there's evidence that the original trial was flawed, even fraudulent. And the question, among many others, is whether the good judge was knowingly involved in a cover-up.

Magic Time is that rare thing: a page-turner whose driving plot line is matched by the depth of its moral vision.


About Doug Marlette

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Doug Marlette has won every major prize for editorial cartooning, including the Pulitzer. His first novel, The Bridge, was voted 2002 Best Book of the Year in Fiction by the Southeast Booksellers Association.
Published June 12, 2007 by Sarah Crichton Books. 592 pages
Genres: History, Literature & Fiction. Fiction

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The son of Judge Mitchell Ransom has been in New York for some time, a rising star in the newspaper business.

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The New York Times

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In his second novel, the cartoonist Doug Marlette explores a civil-rights-era church burning.

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Publishers Weekly

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Now, as Carter begins to understand that he has never fully come to terms with Sarah's death, an ambitious young state attorney is reopening the Shiloh Church bombing case—and she's going after Bohanon, along with anyone who stands in her way, including Carter's father, who, rumors say, threw the...

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USA Today

Doug Marlette gives us his fictional take on the turmoil through the saga of Carter Ransom, a New York newspaper columnist.A terrorist bombing of New York's Institute of Modern Art during the Persian Gulf War triggers a breakdown that sends Ransom back home to Troy, Miss., to recuperate just as a...

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