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To Catch the Lightning: A Novel of American Dreaming

By Mason Spirit contributor on April 4, 2009

Alan Cheuse, University Professor, English

To Catch the Lightning (Sourcebooks, 2008) is a story of the exploration of a real-life frontier photographer, Edward Curtis, and the American Indian. The book is focused on Curtis’s passion to photograph and document every Indian tribe on the continent. Cheuse portrays Curtis’s determination to make a difference in the life of the American Indian, which at the same time could destroy his family. Curtis’s work begins to take over his life, and he has to fight to keep his family together.

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