Marianne Wiggins
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Marianne Wiggins
Marianne Wiggins is an American author. She is noted for the unusual characters and storylines in her novels. She has won the Whiting Writers' Award, an NEA award and the Janet Heidinger Kafka Prize.
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David Finkle: Easy Reader: Salman Rushdie's Joseph Anton a Hitman-Target Hit
Huffington Post - over 4 years
Although I've been reading and reviewing books for several decades, not until Salman Rushdie's memoir, Joseph Anton (Random House, 636pp, $30), have I realized how some part of me continues to look at books through callow eyes, to assess them naively. I admit this freely, because when I read The Satanic Verses I considered it a work of great depth. That's, of course, the Rushdie novel that brought about Ayatollah Ruholla Khomeini's notorious fatwa on Valentine's day, 1989. In a text considering how often men and woman can be caught between two or more worlds -- whether literally, metaphorically or both -- part of its strong effect on me was something often not stressed in response to the writer's canon: his marvelous sense of humor. Rushdie is a funny guy, folks. So having reacted so positively to a piece of shining, frequently laugh-provoking literature, I was startled when it caused all that somewhat belated but thunderous controversy. I was taken by sur ...
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John Dollar - NPR
Google News - over 5 years
Young widowed Charlotte Lewes leaves World War I England for Burma, falls in love with sailor John Dollar, and becomes marooned with him—and eight children—on a remote island. One can only hope that Marianne Wiggins' John Dollar
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Against All Odds: 3 Triumphant Tales Of Survival - NPR
Google News - over 5 years
His eventual triumph, so hard-won, is a triumph for us all. by Marianne Wiggins One can only hope that Marianne Wiggins' John Dollar isn't based on a true story. Well-characterized by one prominent critic as the sort of descent into hell so
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BROWSING BOOKS; Paperback Row
NYTimes - over 8 years
LEVIATHAN: The History of Whaling in America, by Eric Jay Dolan. (Norton, $15.95.) ''Much of America's culture, economy and in fact its spirit were literally and figuratively rendered from the bodies of whales,'' Dolan writes in this exhaustive, richly detailed history of one of America's strangest industries. Colonists looked for whales on the
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ARTS, BRIEFLY; Book Critics Nominate
NYTimes - about 9 years
The prolific author Joyce Carol Oates, below, came away with nominations in fiction and nonfiction when the finalists for the annual National Book Critics Circle awards were announced in San Francisco on Saturday. Ms. Oates was nominated in fiction for ''The Gravedigger's Daughter'' and in the relatively new autobiographical category for ''The
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BEST SELLERS: July 8, 2007
NYTimes - over 9 years
05,05,06,64 Weeks This Last On Week Week List FICTION 1 1 LEAN MEAN THIRTEEN, by Janet Evanovich. (St. Martin's, $27.95.) The New Jersey bounty hunter Stephanie Plum becomes a suspect when her ex-husband disappears. 2 1 5 A THOUSAND SPLENDID SUNS, by Khaled Hosseini. (Riverhead, $25.95.) A friendship between two women in Afghanistan against the
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Double Exposure
NYTimes - over 9 years
The Shadow Catcher By Marianne Wiggins. Illustrated. 323 pp. Simon & Schuster. $25. Marianne WIGGINS gives us several books for the price of one in this puzzle-box of fiction, biography and memoir. In the first, she relates the struggles of a writer named Marianne Wiggins, whose latest novel -- about the American photographer Edward S. Curtis,
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TBR: Inside the List
NYTimes - over 11 years
OLD SCHOOL: John Irving's 11th novel, ''Until I Find You,'' enters the hardcover fiction list this week at No. 3. The book's reviews have been, for the most part, fairly brutal. (Writing in The Washington Post Book World, Marianne Wiggins complained that Irving's sex-driven novel ''goes for over 800 pages and leaves one with an even greater
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New & Noteworthy
NYTimes - over 12 years
Brick Lane, by Monica Ali. (Scribner, $14.) Set in the cloistered world of Bangladeshi immigrants in London's East End, this acclaimed first novel tells of an 18-year-old woman ''from the village'' who enters into an arranged marriage with a 40-year-old man who yearns to return home as a success. When his prospects sour, she becomes a garment
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Los Angeles Times Wins 5 Pulitzer Prizes and Wall Street Journal Wins 2
NYTimes - almost 13 years
The Los Angeles Times won five Pulitzer Prizes yesterday, dominating this year's competition with writing that included editorials, automobile reviews and breaking news coverage of the wildfires that devastated Southern California last fall. The five prizes were the second-highest number of awards won by a newspaper since the awards were first
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NOTABLE BOOKS
NYTimes - about 13 years
This list has been selected from books reviewed since the Holiday Books issue of December 2002. It is meant to suggest some of the high points in this year's fiction and poetry, nonfiction, children's books, mysteries and science fiction. The books are arranged alphabetically under genre headings.The complete reviews of these books may be found at
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The Last Word; You Could Already Be a Winner
NYTimes - over 13 years
Every year, around the middle of October, the finalists for the National Book Awards are announced to general bafflement. Specifically, it's the fiction shortlist that provokes head-scratching. The fiction prize is the N.B.A.'s flagship honor; its presentation is the high point of the evening in November (this Wednesday, in fact) when the winners
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Learn about memorable moments in the evolution of Marianne Wiggins
    FIFTIES
  • 2006
    Age 58
    “I have lived a really interesting life,” she told Pamela J. Johnson in July 2006. “I haven’t lived it so I can excavate material for my writing.” She added, “I’m a novelist.
    More Details Hide Details I don’t have those muscles. It’s not about me. It’s about what I’ve imagined. It’s the universal voice that I want to move forward. That’s my natural voice.” She currently lives in Los Angeles, California, where she has been in the English department of the University of Southern California since fall, 2005.
  • 2003
    Age 55
    She was a National Book Award Finalist in 2003 for Evidence of Things Unseen.
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  • FORTIES
  • 1993
    Age 45
    In 1993, the two divorced.
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  • 1989
    Age 41
    Wiggins won a Whiting Writer's Award in 1989.
    More Details Hide Details Ten authors annually win this award, currently $40,000, not for a specific work, but for exceptional talent and promise.
  • 1988
    Age 40
    She and Salman Rushdie wed in January 1988.
    More Details Hide Details On February 14, 1989, a journalist called Rushdie at their London home and informed him he had just been sentenced to death by Ayatollah Ruhollah Khomeini for blasphemy in his book The Satanic Verses, published the year before. As a result, Wiggins went into protective hiding in Great Britain, along with Rushdie.
  • CHILDHOOD
  • 1947
    Born
    Born in 1947.
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