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     "Reading this [book] is like swimming in a braided river." -- Marianne Wiggins

    In The Shadow Catcher, Marianne Wiggins combines fact with fiction, past with present, and words with images in the unconventional telling of two compelling stories, set nearly a century apart, yet seamlessly intertwined. In one narrative, a writer named Marianne Wiggins has written a novel, also titled The Shadow Catcher, about the photographer Edward S. Curtis, who came to fame through his attempts to photograph Native American people before they vanished from the American landscape. Wiggins’ story takes a turn when she is called to the deathbed of her father, a man she knows died when she was a child. In the other historic narrative, we follow the story of Clara Phillips as she journeys across America and into the life of Curtis, the enigmatic photographer she would marry.

    Click here for our The Shadow Catcher resource guide (PDF).

    If you liked The Shadow Catcher, you might like:

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    by Emily Mitchell

    The Emigrants: A Novel
    by W.G. Sebald

    The Boy Who Loved Anne Frank
    by Ellen Feldman


    Marianne Wiggins is the author of numerous novels and short stories, including Separate Checks, Herself in Love, John Dollar and the National Book Award and Pulitzer Prize-nominated Evidence of Things Unseen. She currently teaches in the English Department at the University of Southern California.

     Marianne Wiggins Author Photo





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