An Evening With Marianne Wiggins | Tuesday, May 30th at 6:30 pm

{pages} is pleased to present an evening with Marianne Wiggins, Pulitzer Prize and National Book Award Finalist and author of Properties of Thirst, on Tuesday, May 30th at 6:30 pm. This is a free event but RSVPs are greatly appreciated. RSVP HERE

Properties of Thirst is {pages} co-owner Linda McLoughlin Figel’s favorite book of 2022 and we could not be more excited to host its brilliant author, Marianne Wiggins for an evening of conversation and celebration of the paperback publication of this masterpiece of a novel.  You don’t want to miss this rare opportunity. 


A National Bestseller
New Yorker Best Book of 2022

Fifteen years after the publication of Evidence of Things Unseen, National Book Award and Pulitzer Prize finalist Marianne Wiggins returns with a “big, bold book” (USA TODAY) destined to be an American classic: a sweeping masterwork set during World War II about the meaning of family and the limitations of the American Dream.

Rockwell “Rocky” Rhodes has spent years fiercely protecting his California ranch from the LA Water Corporation. It is here where he and his beloved wife Lou raised their twins, Sunny and Stryker, and it is here where Rocky has mourned Lou in the years since her death.

As Sunny and Stryker reach the cusp of adulthood, the country teeters on the brink of war. Stryker decides to join the fight, deploying to Pearl Harbor not long before the bombs strike. Soon, Rocky and his family find themselves facing yet another incomprehensible tragedy.

Rocky is determined to protect his remaining family and the land where they’ve loved and lost so much. But when the government decides to build a Japanese American internment camp next to the ranch, Rocky realizes that the land faces even bigger threats than the LA watermen he’s battled for years. Complicating matters is the fact that the idealistic Department of the Interior man assigned to build the camp, who only begins to understand the horror of his task after it may be too late, becomes infatuated with Sunny and entangled with the Rhodes family.

Properties of Thirst is a “magnificent” (Colum McCann) novel that is both universal and intimate. It is the story of a changing American landscape and an examination of one of the darkest periods in this country’s past, told through the stories of the individual loves and losses that weave together to form the fabric of our shared history. Ultimately, it is an unflinching distillation of our nation’s essence—and a celebration of the bonds of love and family that persist against all odds.

Marianne Wiggins 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. She lives in Venice, California.

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Books: 
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Properties of Thirst By Marianne Wiggins Cover Image
$19.99
ISBN: 9781416571278
Availability: In Stock
Published: Simon & Schuster - May 30th, 2023

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Properties of Thirst By Marianne Wiggins Cover Image
$28.00
ISBN: 9781416571261
Availability: Out of Stock, but we can likely order it for you. We will advise if we cannot.
Published: Simon & Schuster - August 2nd, 2022