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The Shadow Catcher by Marianne Wiggins
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Oct 02, 2011

really liked it

This book has one of the more unique writing styles I've seen for awhile. There are two different story lines. One of the "author" herself as well as the story of the wife of Edward Curtis who is a famous photographer of Indians from the early 1900's. The book begins with the author describing an amusing meeting with some movie producers who want to draw from the "author's" biography of Curtis, takes you to the story of Clara (the wife) and then intersects back and forth from that to the author's trip to Las Vegas to follow up a call from a hospital that a man with her deceased father's papers is there and dying. It veers from conventional story to Wiggins thoughts on fatherhood, the American West landscape and its' Indians, to photography and beyond. My only regret is that I had to read it to finish it for a book club discussion and couldn's savor some of the last part of the book. I rarely reread books, but I may have to go bakc to this one.
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