Mrs. Nixon: A Novelist Imagines a Life

Version: Unabridged
Author: Ann Beattie
Narrator: Ann Beattie
Genres: Fiction & Literature
Publisher: Dreamscape Media
Published In: November 2011
# of Units: 6 CDs
Length: 7 hours, 32 minutes
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Pat Nixon remains one of our most mysterious and intriguing public figures, the only modern First Lady who never wrote a memoir. Beattie, like many of her generation, dismissed Richard Nixon's wife: "interchangeable with a Martian," she said. Decades later, she wonders what it must have been like to be married to such a spectacularly ambitious and catastrophically self-destructive man. Drawing on a wealth of sources Beattie reconstructs dozens of scenes in an attempt to see the world from Mrs. Nixon's point of view. Beattie packs insight and humor into her examination of the First Couple with whom baby boomers came of age. Mrs. Nixon is a startlingly compelling and revelatory work.

Author Details

Author Details

Beattie, Ann

Ann Beattie has published seven novels and eight collections of stories. She has been included in John Updike's "Best American Short Stories of the Century" and has received the PEN/Bernard Malamud Award for lifetime achievement in the short story form. She and her husband, Lincoln Perry, live in Maine and Key West, Florida.