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The Shadow Catcher by Marianne Wiggins
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Jul 20, 10

Read in July, 2010

I found this book difficult to follow. I felt like the author did not have enough information to make her fiction story credible. Therefore she attempted to add the other story of the 'author' and her father's identity to fill out the book. I did not buy it. Either story could have been interesting, but when I am reading historical fiction, I expect more to fill in my understanding of the character or the historical event in question. This novel did neither for me. It skimmed the facts of Curtis's photographic career, of the Seattle fire, and the final life of Clara Curtis. I found the other story of 'Marianne Wiggins' distracting. It too neatly fit together the 'facts' of her father's suicide, Curtis Edwards (the black man with the stolen identity of M.W.'s father) life and death, and Lester's presence. It was a difficult and messy montage and ultimately unsatisfying. Our book club discusses this book next week. It will be interesting to have the discussion.
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