Author and photographer Marianne Wiggins has lived a life that could provide material for several volumes. A single mother at 17, she has lived in London, Paris and Brussels, chased tornadoes in Nevada, explored the Amazon Basin, and was married to Salman Rushdie during the most controversial era of his career. But she has never written about herself. In her tenth book, The Shadow Catcher, due out from Simon & Schuster next month, Wiggins turns her literary lens on the 19th-century photographer Edward Sheriff Curtis, famous for his large-format vistas of the American West.
Her fictional exploration of Curtis and his work leads her throughout the book on a path of personal discovery–in the stories behind his pictures, she reveals the life behind the façade of the perceived.