Thursday, July 1, 2010

Will the real Marianne Wiggins please stand up!

In her novel, The Shadow Catcher, Marianne Wiggins writes about herself as a semi-fictional character. The story is also populated by other actual people who are not completely themselves. Then, a few pages in, here comes an historically accurate portrayal of photographer Edward S. Curtis interacting with made-up folks and a side-story about something Wiggins father really did, followed by more fiction.

Huh, you say?

If you open the book -- which one New York Times reviewer called a "puzzle-box of fiction, biography and memoir" -- with your mind wide open, you can expect to be amazed. Wiggins' skill at braiding fiction and nonfiction storylines into the reality of an engaging novel are impressive.

Hear Marianne Wiggins talk about The Shadow Catcher on The Write Question this evening at 6:30 (Yellowstone Public Radio) or 7:30 (Montana Public Radio).

Click through to the Montana Public Radio Web site to listen to the program and find links to more information about the book.