A Novel of Georgia O'Keefe

Book - 2016
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NATIONAL BESTSELLER * In a dazzling work of historical fiction in the vein of Nancy Horan's Loving Frank, Dawn Tripp brings to life Georgia O'Keeffe, her love affair with photographer Alfred Stieglitz, and her quest to become an independent artist.

This is not a love story. If it were, we would have the same story. But he has his, and I have mine.

In 1916, Georgia O'Keeffe is a young, unknown art teacher when she travels to New York to meet Stieglitz, the famed photographer and art dealer, who has discovered O'Keeffe's work and exhibits it in his gallery. Their connection is instantaneous. O'Keeffe is quickly drawn into Stieglitz's sophisticated world, becoming his mistress, protégé, and muse, as their attraction deepens into an intense and tempestuous relationship and his photographs of her, both clothed and nude, create a sensation.

Yet as her own creative force develops, Georgia begins to push back against what critics and others are saying about her and her art. And soon she must make difficult choices to live a life she believes in.

A breathtaking work of the imagination, Georgia is the story of a passionate young woman, her search for love and artistic freedom, the sacrifices she will face, and the bold vision that will make her a legend.

Praise for Georgia

"Complex and original . . . Georgia conveys O'Keeffe's joys and disappointments, rendering both the woman and the artist with keenness and consideration." -- The New York Times Book Review

"As magical and provocative as O'Keeffe's lush paintings of flowers that upended the art world in the 1920s . . . Tripp inhabits Georgia's psyche so deeply that the reader can practically feel the paintbrush in hand as she creates her abstract paintings and New Mexico landscapes. . . . Evocative from the first page to the last, Tripp's Georgia is a romantic yet realistic exploration of the sacrifices one of the foremost artists of the twentieth century made for love." -- USA Today

"Sexually charged . . . insightful . . . Dawn Tripp humanizes an artist who is seen in biographies as more icon than woman. Her sensuous novel is as finely rendered as an O'Keeffe painting." -- The Denver Post

"A vivid work forged from the actual events of O'Keeffe's life . . . [Tripp] imbues the novel with a protagonist who forces the reader to consider the breadth of O'Keeffe's talent, business savvy, courage and wanderlust. . . . [She] is vividly alive as she grapples with success, fame, integrity, love and family." -- Salon
Publisher: New York : Random House, [2016]
Edition: First edition
ISBN: 9780812981865
Branch Call Number: FICTION Tripp, Dawn Clifton
Characteristics: xiii, 318 pages ; 25 cm


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Sep 13, 2018

Historical fiction told from perspective of artist who fiercely wanted to control her art and image as a woman. Wonderful telling of her years in her relationship with mentor and husband Alfred Stieglitz, but fades in the New Mexico years that I cared most to read about. Disappointed.

Jan 22, 2018

I thoroughly enjoyed this novel. I had the opportunity to visit an O'Keefe exhibit at the Brooklyn Art Museum this past spring and although I enjoyed it I must admit I didn't know much about her or her husband/mentor. This book gave me much more insight into her life and work and compelled me to watch two documentaries one about her with interviews and one about Alfred Stieglitz. Thanks Dawn Tripp for a beautiful work of well researched fiction.

AnnabelleLee27 Dec 08, 2017

A fictional account of legendary artist Georgia O'Keeffe and her relationship with mentor/lover/husband/artist Alfred Stieglitz as well as her personal journey as a female artist. The writing is evocative, sensual, reflective and many of the ideas raised are relevant and important for women (or anyone) in today's world. The novel is told (quite successfully) from Georgia's perspective and many readers have found Stieglitz to be an unsympathetic character. Upon finishing the book I found myself quite curious about Stieglitz's story and perspective - especially upon rereading these lines early in the book: "This is not a love story. If it were, we would have the same story. But he has his, and I have mine." A worthwhile and enjoyable read!

Sep 11, 2017

I’ve long been an admirer of Georgia O’Keeffe’s artwork, having visited her Museum in Santa Fe, New Mexico as well as Ghost Ranch, the setting for many of her iconic masterpieces. GEORGIA is a fictionalized account of her consequential and complex relationship with photographer Alfred Stieglitz, her mentor, lover, and later husband. Author Dawn Tripp’s beautiful descriptive writing evokes the passion and vision of this lone, enigmatic, yet widely recognized artist. GEORGIA is a good choice for fans of historical fiction not to mention devotees of Georgia O’Keeffe.

archreads Aug 30, 2017

This is an interesting and beautifully written historical fiction account of Georgia O'Keeffe 's fascinating life.

Apr 16, 2017

A novel of Georgia O'Keefe therefore not long on plot but lush in language. It may take a poet to write a book about O'keefe wonderful paintings. The author considers the role of "place" to be central to her book. It was wonderful.

Mar 31, 2017

This is a fictional account of the life of the artist Georgia O'Keefe. It focuses heavily on her life long romance with photographer Alfred Stieglitz. It was an interesting look at the life and times of this era, especially as it pertained to women. And the writing was lovely.

ArapahoeTatyana Aug 06, 2016

It is a very interesting novel. After having read it you may ask yourself: Would Georgia become the Georgia without Alfred Stieglitz?

abruzzo79 Mar 07, 2016

"They call me the Pioneer Painter. ...The woman artist who has chosen to live in the desert, who wakes before dawn, drinks her coffee and walks her chows toward the horizon. I have become that horizon, unreachable and my black and white clothes...poised with my cow skulls...a symbol of the American West,...self-reliant...."


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Sep 11, 2017

“I bought this house for the door. The house itself was a ruin, but I had to have that door. Over the years, I’ve painted it many times, all different ways: abstract, representational, blue, black, brown. I’ve painted it in the hot green of summer, in the dead of winter, clouds rushing past it, a lone yellow leaf drifting down. I painted the door open only once. Just before he died. In every picture after, it was closed.” - p. 5

ArapahoeTatyana Sep 14, 2016

Georgia: "...the past is so much lighter than we can imagine".


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