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Georgia: A Novel of Georgia O'Keeffe

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A novel about the life of American master painter Georgia O’Keeffe, her love story with photographer Alfred Stieglitz, and her quest to come of age as a woman. In this novel of a couple, and of passion, betrayal, and art, Georgia comes alive as never before. By the writer whose work Edna O’Brien called "shimmering, audacious."

Georgia O’Keeffe is a young woman, painting and
Hardcover, 336 pages
Published February 9th 2016 by Random House (first published February 2nd 2016)
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Angela M
Nov 05, 2015 rated it it was amazing
I'm always a little skeptical when I read a fictional account of a real person. I can't help but wonder how much of what they say and do in the story is truly reflective of who they were . How much has the author really delved into their lives and just how much is fiction? Dawn Tripp in this truly amazing fictional biography of Georgia O'Keeffe tells us how she "came to O'Keeffe's story through her art ." She saw an exhibition at the Whitney Museum of American Art and wondered why the artist was ...more
Elyse  Walters
Oct 16, 2015 rated it it was amazing
Shelves: netgalley
UPDATE: This wonderful book is released today in stores..."February 9th". I want a copy myself!
The spirit is 'overflowing' .............gorgeous writing....incredible story! Lovely read!!!!

I had tears in my eyes by the end of the book. I just finished reading this seconds ago.

I still have a painting by Georgia O'Keefe and I was in Santa Fe during one of her art festivals. Her paintings are gorgeous.
Yet, I knew nothing about what I read in these pages....divided into 5 parts....
I was completely
Dec 08, 2015 rated it liked it
3 stars

I was thrilled to find out I had won a copy of this work of historical fiction that depicts the life of artist Georgia O'Keeffe. The cover itself is quite stunning and reminded me of the beauty of her paintings which I have not had the pleasure of viewing in quite some time. In fact, what captured my attention the most throughout this book were the beautiful visual images that author Dawn Tripp was able to evoke. I became immersed in her descriptions of Georgia's art, the luxurious greene
Diane S ☔
Sep 08, 2015 rated it really liked it
4.5 My last book of the year, my last review and it was a fantastic read. One of the best books about an artist that I have read in several years. Georgia O'Keefe, love her paintings but never knew much about her as a person. In this book Tripp, does an amazing and thorough job fleshing out the woman and showing us her struggles as an artist. Her husband Stieglitz and their relationship, what kept them connected and what separated them. Credited with the discovery of O'Keefe, he was already a ve ...more
Dec 27, 2015 rated it liked it
Beautiful. Told in language that is sensual and earnest.

Author Dawn Tripp delivers a biography of an artist, really the relationship between two artists, one a revolutionary abstract artist and the other a world-renowned photographer, their affair and decades long relationship.

Told with warmth and depth, with an eye towards the humanity of Georgia O’Keefe, her art, and the complexity of the dynamic between her and her mentor, lover and husband Alfred Stieglitz. Some of the most provocative scene
Feb 01, 2016 rated it it was amazing  ·  review of another edition
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I will start by saying that I don't know that I can write a review of this novel that will do justice to the brilliance that lies within its pages. I won't pretend to be any kind of art expert... or even an enthusiast, but after reading this I have adopted a new found appreciation for the process of creating it. 'This is not a love story' is stated solemnly in the beginning of this novel... and on some level this is true. This is not a traditional love story. This is a story of the most raw kind ...more
Jan 04, 2016 rated it liked it
Shelves: netgalley
I don't usually decide whether I like a book based on how I feel about the characters -- in fact, I've liked plenty of novels depicting pretty nasty, grouchy, flawed or despicable characters. And, although I can be skeptical, I've liked plenty of novels based on true historical figures -- more recently Circling the Sun, and Vanessa and Her Sister for example. And I have so much respect for my GR friends Elyse, Angela and Diane who loved this book. But I just can't muster much enthusiasm for Geor ...more
Oct 14, 2015 rated it it was amazing
I wish to thank NetGalley, Random House Publishing, and Dawn Tripp for an Advanced copy of Georgia: A Novel of Georgia O'Keeffe. This has been a memorable opportunity.

Where does one begin in adequately defining Georgia O'Keeffe? I was fortunate enough to have viewed some of her original works here in San Antonio some time ago in a special exhibition. Breathless is how it left me and breathless is how Dawn Tripp's book has left me.

I await the hardcopy of this book so that I can underline, circle,
Dec 01, 2015 rated it really liked it
4.5 stars

Out of all my books read in 2015, this one has my #1 favorite cover, so gorgeous, especially for an ARC.  (The finished book actually comes out 3/29/16.)  I could look at that beautiful flower all day.  It's difficult at times, though, to read descriptions of colors and flowers and paintings, without having the finished artwork in front of you for reference.  So I did a lot of Googling.  I wonder if the finished book will include some of her pieces; I do think it would add so much.   O'
(DNF @ 48%) “‘You’ve done it, Georgia,’ [Stieglitz] says. ‘The union of form and color. This. It’s a new American Art.’” Who doesn’t love Georgia O’Keefe’s dreamy paintings of flowers and southwestern scenes? Initially I loved her tough-as-nails voice in this fictionalized autobiography, too, but as the story wore on it felt like she was withholding herself to some degree, only giving the bare facts of (dry, repetitive) everyday life and (wet, repetitive) sex scenes with 24-years-her-elder photo ...more
I received an Advance Reader Copy of this book from NetGalley and Random House Publishing. Thanks to NetGalley and Random House.

“Georgia,” a work of historical fiction, is based on the life of Georgia O’Keeffe, the iconoclastic American painter. The book spans the course of her life, but primarily focuses on those years she spent in a relationship with her eventual husband, famed photographer Arthur Stieglitz. The book is narrated by Georgia, but I struggled to connect with her. I felt curiously
Ann Marie (Lit·Wit·Wine·Dine)
Wow. Dawn Tripp can write!

"Here I am again. Held down, held back, in a power struggle with some arrogant man, his ego and incompetence that has nothing to do with my art. It's like they're all together in some maddening conspiracy to make me good enough, but not good enough to topple them."

Georgia: A Novel of Georgia O'Keeffe is a beautifully written account of Georgia O'Keefe's life. As a work of historical fiction, it's all it should be. The settings, from Lake George to Taos are vividly ren
I enjoyed this. I'm restless as we head into the final days of our temporary housing and this provided a much needed diversion from all things moving. Georgia O'Keeffe has always fascinated me. Her art, her individualism, her personal life, but mostly her separateness. This fictionalized account of her life does a sublime job of telling her story. Well-written, well-researched, and peppered throughout with actual events from her life. Her relationship with Alfred Stieglitz defines much of her ad ...more
Dec 22, 2015 rated it it was ok
I’ve always been fascinated with the work of Georgia O’Keeffe. Her huge, gorgeously colored flowers as well as her work with animal bones are truly amazing. Many believe that her flowers are erotic though I’ve read that Ms. O’Keeffe consistently battled against this interpretation. I am sure that her intent will be debated for years. Regardless of her intent, because of that label of having created erotic art, when I saw this historical novel, I was afraid that the sex would the focus of the boo ...more
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This is Tripp's richly imagined take on the famous painter Georgia O'Keefe, and her love affair with the photographer Alfred Stieglitz. Shortly after meeting, Stieglitz began showing O'Keefe's art in his gallery, and soon after that, they were lovers. This is the story of Georgia as artist and mistress, and one of the most fascinating relationships in the history of art. Tripp has painted a beautiful love story.

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Judy D Collins
A special thank you to Random House and NetGalley for an ARC in exchange for an honest review.

Inspired by the life of the extraordinary iconic American artist, Georgia O’Keeffe, the "Mother of American modernism", and her love relationship with, photographer Alfred Stieglitz; beautifully drawn, Dawn Tripp evokes emotion, complexity, passion, and creativity with her stunning delivery of GEORGIA.

Not only an exploration of O’Keeffe’s life, art, politics, and influence; however, more important
Dorie  - Cats&Books :)
I received an ARC of this book from the publisher and NetGalley in return for an honest review.

This historical fiction novel is largely based on the artist Georgia O’Keefe and her relationship with American photographer Alfred Stieglitz. I’ve only known Georgia O’Keefe from her flower paintings so I came into this book with no background knowledge. I was also interested in her history since she is a native of Sun Prairie, Wisconsin and I live not too far from that area. I have to say that the be
Jessica Keener
Nov 30, 2015 rated it it was amazing
This is a gorgeous book--sensual, intelligent, and moving. From the first beautiful line to the last, memorable sentence, GEORGIA is a perfect marriage of story and fabulous writing. Readers will savor every sentence as the story hurtles forward in emotional waves of awakening and romance between two passionate artists (Georgia O'Keeffe and Alfred Steiglitz). Told from Georgia's perspective,in language that is both grounded and profound, this novel is infused with the mystery of what inspires gr ...more
Feb 28, 2017 rated it liked it  ·  review of another edition
Recommended to Lisa by: Newburyport author
Shelves: audio
I am now obsessed with Georgia O'Keeffe and her art. I've changed my screen savers and my iphone screen to her art work. I've reserved every book of her work at the library and ordered stamps and notecards, etc. O'Keeffe is a large figure here in New Mexico and her art and museum are important to New Mexico as she loved living here and loved it's skies, hills, light, animals, sage, terrain, etc. I drive through Abiqui and Ghost Ranch many times each year and marvel at its beauty. I see what she ...more
Jan 18, 2016 rated it it was amazing
This is the Georgia O'Keefe I've wanted to know, from someone who has tried to absorb her childhood, upbringing, place in the world and understand what she was trying to express, how it was both uplifted and repressed by the decisions she made, the choices, few of them her own, the effect of Steiglitz managing and directing her career, their relationship, her need for a child, thier life between New York and The Lake until she allows herself to visit New Mexico with Beck and begins an annual pil ...more
A great deal of courage is required for an author to write historical fiction in memoir style, as is the case with the brilliant novel Georgia: A Novel of Georgia O'Keeffe. Dawn Tripp has thrown caution to the winds and embraced the voice of the famous American artist passionately.

Biography requires factual representation and an orderly interpretation, usually reported through documents, letters, description by others living at the same time and framed by its author, proving the legitimacy of t
Jan 06, 2016 rated it it was amazing
This novel tells O’Keeffe’s story from her own point of view, as an old woman looking back on her life, starting from the time she was 27 and had sent some charcoal abstracts to Alfred Stieglitz in New York to get his opinion. A correspondence sprang up between then, and one day, after learning Stieglitz had mounted a show of her work, she walked away from her job as a teacher in Texas, withdrew her bank account, and took the train to New York to see it. It turned out that the show had just been ...more
Aug 05, 2016 rated it it was amazing
Shelves: 5-stars
Such a beautiful, insightful portrait of Georgia O’Keeffe and her marriage to Alfred Stieglitz. This is a fictionalized account of their lives but offered such a compelling look at the inner life of an artist I have so long admired. I also had the pleasure to appear in conversation with Dawn Tripp recently in Tampa, Florida. It was so much fun, and we discussed some very interesting and relevant topics from the book!
Feb 08, 2017 rated it it was amazing
Shelves: won
I loved it. Could not put it down. I can't place my finger on the reason, but I feel connected to Georgia O'Keeffe and I have for over 20 years. Although this is a novel based on her life, I felt there was so much truth to it. Maybe it aligns with the person I assumed she was.

Like O'Keeffe, I also am in love with Santa Fe and Abiquiu. The descriptive writing took me right back. I felt like I was there with her.

The relationship with her husband Alfred Stieglitz was hard to read about. I haven't
Mar 06, 2017 rated it really liked it
Shelves: audible
I think my first exposure to Georgia O'Keeffe was through a friend who had some beautiful prints framed in her kitchen. Then about 12 years ago I went to Santa Fe and we visited the museum. I was completely enthralled.

But now that I've read this book, I realize I knew very little about her life and had assumed much that wasn't at all true! I didn't know about her relationship and marriage to Stieglitz (okay, true confession, I didn't even know who Stieglitz was. Don't judge ;-). Add in the stru
Nov 02, 2015 rated it it was amazing
Dawn Tripp has painted a wonderful portrait of the artist Georgia O'Keeffe in her novel about the artist. I knew her paintings and a little bit about her life before I read this book but I learned so much more about her life and her struggles to become accepted as an artist in what was really a man's world. Alfred Steiglitz was her mentor, her lover, her husband and ultimately the person who tried to hold her back. She was a gifted, brash, solitary but very honest person who knew that her goal i ...more
Laura Lee
Oct 24, 2015 rated it it was amazing
I am a fan of O'Keeffe's art and have read some biographical material about her. From what I have read this story sounded true. It was heartbreaking in some ways because Georgia had to give up a lot for her art, but her art was her life. She put it above all else. She was a strong determined woman. Sometimes I didn't like her very much but I loved this book. Well written, wonderful descriptions of people and places and things. Even sounds. I am looking forward to next book from this author. Enjo ...more
Christie Owens
Apr 03, 2016 rated it it was amazing
Shelves: art
I borrowed "Georgia" from the library. But I will buy it and add it to my collection of art books about her. This is fiction shaped from documents. It is not for children.

From my previous studies I knew that Alfred Steiglitz had shaped her life and made her famous. I knew of the affairs. But I did not know the extent of his manipulations. There is a sadness from this love story and a soft triumph. I wish that I had known Georgia.
Nicole R
I readily admit that I do not know much about art. But, I do know what I like and I have always been a fan of Georgia O'Keeffe's work. Her larger than life flowers are bold and sensual, her southwestern landscapes are desolate yet vibrant. But, I do not know much about O'Keeffe's life. Thankfully, Dawn Tripp remedied that.

Georgia tell the story of the early professional life of O'Keeffe. In 1915, she was closing in on 30 and painting abstracts in her spare time after teaching art at a Texas scho
Fred Forbes
Apr 15, 2016 rated it really liked it
As a serious photographer my interest in this book centered on Georgia O'Keeffe's relationship with Alfred Stieglitz who was one of the most noted photographers in history. Not that her work is not worthy of note, but that was not the original appeal. As a book written by a female, about a female in the first person narrative of that female the book is a bit too overbearing in femininity for me, especially when the protagonist is pushing a feminine agenda in a world too controlled by men. (And f ...more
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Dawn Tripp is the author of GEORGIA, a novel of Georgia O'Keeffe. A National Bestseller, an Indie Next Pick for the American Booksellers Association, and a Pennie's Pick for Costco, GEORGIA has been described as "complex and original" by the New York Times Book Review and "magical and provocative" by USA Today. Winner of the Massachusetts Book Award for Fiction, Tripp is the author of three previo ...more

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