[San Francisco Chronicle] - Long-suffering Pat Nixon merits a novelist's touch, as Ann Beattie showed in her latest book, and TR's daughter, known in Washington as Mrs. L, was always a curious gossip. But the novel's title is not "Washington Confidential" - it's "Watergate.
[The American Prospect] - Now Thomas Mallon and Ann Beattie both have, to very different effect but with one striking similarity. Just months after starring in Beattie's self-impressed Mrs. Nixon: A Novelist Imagines a Life, Pat Nixon—first lady of the land from to 1974
[Ubyssey Online] - When I wrote “Mercedes Buyers Guide”, I was trying to write an Ann Beattie story. I'd read “Distortions” and was blown away and I had her voice in my mind as I sat down at my desk one Saturday morning. What David said about the book I think was mostly
[National Post (blog)] - (2 stars) Curiosity about the private thoughts and feelings of female historical figures is perennial — from Jodi Kantor's recent biography The Obamas to the novel Mrs. Nixon, in which Ann Beattie imagines interior life of former first lady Pat Nixon
[New York Times] - Ann Beattie's “Mrs. Nixon: A Novelist Imagines a Life” and Curtis Sittenfeld's “American Wife: A Novel,” about Laura Bush, are the most conspicuous recent additions to the shelf. This is a genre custom-made for a culture fixated on celebrity.