Wiggins @ Village Well “Properties of Thirst”

The Village Well is excited to welcome the legendary Marianne Wiggins to our July bookclub meeting. On July 18, from 6:30 to 7:30, Wiggins will be discussing her latest novel, Properties of Thirst.

Wiggins was interviewed recently in Lit Hub magazine, “I was stunned to discover Manzanar as a National Historic Site on a road trip my daughter took me on when I moved to California from England. I was stunned to discover that we as a Nation had interned our fellow citizens of Japanese lineage during WWII. I had never been taught this nor did I know it. I had been wanting to write a book about California and the water shortage since coming from England where it rains all the time. I usually take a historical event and then populate it with my characters. When I saw the landscape surrounding Manzanar in Owens Valley I knew there was a story there for me to tell. I felt it on my skin.”

Marianne is the author of eight novels, including John Dollar and Evidence of Things Unseen, which was a finalist for the Pulitzer Prize for Fiction and the National Book Award. She has won a Whiting Award, a National Endowment for the Arts fellowship, the Heidinger Kafka Prize, and was shortlisted for the Women’s Prize for Fiction.


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