By Ann Beattie
Dazzlingly unique, Ann Beattie’s Mrs. Nixon is a riveting exploration of an elusive American icon and of the fiction writer’s art.
Pat Nixon continues to be one in every of our so much mysterious and interesting public figures, the one glossy First girl who by no means wrote a memoir. Beattie, like lots of her new release, brushed aside Richard Nixon’s spouse: “interchangeable with a Martian,” she stated. many years later, she wonders what it should have been wish to be married to the sort of spectacularly bold and catastrophically self-destructive guy.
Drawing on a wealth of resources from Life magazine to bills by means of Nixon’s daughter and his general practitioner to The Haldeman Diaries and Jonathan Schell’s The Time of phantasm, Beattie reconstructs dozens of scenes in an try and see the realm from Mrs. Nixon’s perspective. Like Stephen King’s On Writing, this attention-grabbing and intimate account deals readers an extraordinary glimpse into the mind's eye of a author.
Beattie, whose fiction Vanity reasonable calls “irony-laced studies from front line of the child boomers’ warfare with themselves,” packs perception and humor into her exam of the 1st Couple with whom boomers got here of age. Mrs. Nixon is a startlingly compelling and revelatory paintings.