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Marianne Wiggins and The Shadow Catcher
The fiction of Marianne Wiggins is a gilded passport through the gateways of the mind's eye. In The Shadow Catcher, her expansive, glimmering homage to the American West, Wiggins writes: "There are places in our American west so removed from the civilizing germ that when you enter on them for the first time you lose your own perspective, drop, like Alice down the rabbit hole, into a history so much deeper than your own that your existence is too meager to make any mark in the historical record."
The novel takes its title from the name bestowed upon iconic photographer Edward Sherriff Curtis by the American Indians, when he showed them pictures of themselves. This intriguing bit of history provides The Shadow Catcher, a book within a book, its thematic spine. Narrated in the first person by a reimagined writer named Marianne Wiggins, the story of the famous photographer is ingeniously intertwined with that of an unsung soldier, husband, and father (her own).
With its vast physical and emotional landscape, The Shadow Catcher calls to mind the best of our exploring, voyaging writers -- Twain, Melville, Hemingway, Steinbeck -- brought up to the present-day by Wiggins' mesmerizing storytelling.
About Marianne Wiggins: Marianne Wiggins was born in Lancaster, Pennsylvania, and has lived in Brussels, Rome, Paris, and London. She is the author of ten books of fiction, including John Dollar and Evidence of Things Unseen, for which she was a National Book Award finalist in fiction, as well as a finalist for the Pulitzer Prize. She has won an NEA grant, the Whiting Writers' Award, and the Janet Heidinger Kafka Prize. She is Professor of English at the University of Southern California.
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