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A chance meeting with a charismatic photographer will forever change Elizabeth’s life.


Until she met Richard, Elizabeth's relationship with Georgia O’Keeffe and her little-known Hawaii paintings was purely academic. Now it’s personal. Richard tells Elizabeth that the only way she can truly understand O’Keeffe isn’t with her mind—it’s by getting into O’Keeffe’s skin and reen
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Published April 7th 2020 by She Writes Press
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Laura McToal It's because Elizabeth is considered 'Owly'. Bookish and dull. While her sister is fun and flirty. It was how they have been painted their whole life.…moreIt's because Elizabeth is considered 'Owly'. Bookish and dull. While her sister is fun and flirty. It was how they have been painted their whole life. Elizabeth is the smart one, her sister is the pretty one, etc.(less)
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Elyse  Walters
Feb 29, 2020 rated it it was ok
One of the reasons I chose to read this book was because - from a distance- I’ve admired ( and still do), the author, Barbara Linn Probst from other conversations she was engaged in - through Goodreads and Facebook.
To me - she exemplifies a balanced loving wonderful woman. I also wanted to be supportive. I still want to be supportive- so be clear my low rating doesn’t change this fact.

When asked the question, “Where did you get the idea for your most recent”, “Queen of Owls”?—Barbara gave a gre
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Nenia ✨️ Socially Awkward Trash Panda ✨️ Campbell
It's about aaaaaart, and Georgia O'Keeffe ! ...more
Sue
Dec 22, 2019 rated it it was amazing
This beautiful debut novel by Barbara Linn Propst is a look at a woman in transition in her life. Does she want to continue her life like it is or can she make changes and find happiness? The main character is so well written that her flaws and indecisions are apparent as well as her love for life. She is a complex but very real character and it's fascinating to watch her growth through the novel.

I absolutely loved this novel and watching the main character as she makes changes and takes risks t
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Cassie
Mar 25, 2020 rated it it was ok  ·  review of another edition
Shelves: arc, fiction, read-in-2020
Queen of the Owls is a scholarly look at Georgia O'Keeffe's art and how it changes the course of an academic's life when she risks following in Georgia's footsteps. I have such mixed emotions about this book... I assumed this story would be the perfect fit for me. Unfortunately, it fell short and was more frustrating than intriguing. Feel free to read more here... Full Book Review
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Suanne
Barbara Linn Probst’s debut novel is stunning: gorgeous prose highlighting a book about creativity, seeing and being seen. As a former photographer and artist, this book has everything needed to intrigue me: Georgia O’Keeffe, Alfred Steiglitz, painting, photography, art history, feminism, and the price a woman pays to be creative, to be all she was meant to be, to be seen as herself—not merely in the male gaze or a reflection of a man.

Elizabeth is an Art History Ph.D. candidate stuck in the rut
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Bambi Rathman
Feb 22, 2020 rated it really liked it
I really enjoy books that take me somewhere I would never have gone or to experience something I never would have unless I had read the book. This book took me into the world of an artist I had never heard of through the main character, Elizabeth. I learned so much about Georgia O'Keeffe and a world of art I had never experienced. I had never considered looking past what was in front of me to see what was beyond the image. This caused me to look up just who this artist was and find out more of w ...more
Laura Drake
Jan 13, 2020 rated it it was amazing
A strong, thoughtful book, that will make you question your own beliefs, not only about art, but about yourself, as a woman.
Nancy
Oct 13, 2020 rated it really liked it
The main character, Elizabeth, struggles with her dissertation on Georgia O'Keefe, trying to identify how her time in Hawaii was a transition point in her art. Elizabeth's marriage lacks physical passion and emotional intimacy. She finds herself attracted to a photographer and together they discuss O'Keefe and her modeling in the nude for Stieglitz. She accepts his challenge to recreate the photographs with him as a way of coming to better understand O'Keefe and her motivation for modeling, if s ...more
Rebecca
Mar 25, 2020 rated it really liked it  ·  review of another edition
Shelves: debut, arc
While researching her thesis on artist Georgia O'Keeffe's Hawaii paintings, doctoral student Elizabeth's entire life is upended when photographer Richard inspires her to take a risk and pose nude for him. Normally "owlish," levelheaded, and predicable, she is shocked by her own actions and must come to terms with the consequences. What will be the fallout, and is she ready to make some difficult choices?

"Making your unknown known is the most important thing."

If you enjoy books that feature art,
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Heather Fineisen
Feb 20, 2020 rated it it was amazing
An excellent read about the choices a scholar makes as she writes her dissertation on the Time Georgia O'Keefe spent in Hawaii. Elizabeth meets a photographer in her Tai Chi class and they share a fascination with O'Keefe' s nude photographs. She embarks on a journey of discovery that redefines her roles as wife, mother, sister, student and subject. Information about the art made me want to read more about women artists. The scenes with the children are especially sweet and realistic. A bit pred ...more
Heather Fineisen
Feb 17, 2020 rated it really liked it  ·  review of another edition
Elizabeth is a student writing her dissertation on Georgia O'Keefe. She becomes consumed with her Thesis and the nude photos of O'Keefe. She meets a photographer in her Tai Chi class and her actions will redefine her current existence as mother, wife, sister, teacher and student. Is she brave or reckless? The writing brings O'Keefe' s paintings to life for the reader. The scenes with her children are especially sweet. Thought provoking all around.

Copy provided by the Publisher and NetGalley
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Rebecca Rosenberg
May 12, 2020 rated it really liked it  ·  review of another edition
Is the price of discovering one’s true nature worth the cost?

Life goes on as normal for Elizabeth in her roles as mother, sister, wife, and co-worker. Elizabeth is fine with the status quo until a chance meeting in Tai Chi class turns her perceptions inside out. Elizabeth is no longer satisfied. Her eyes open to Georgia O’Keefe’s life and art...discovering her own womanhood and the price she’ll have to pay to discover her true self. The story centers on a woman who finds it difficult to conform
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Maggie Smith
Feb 04, 2020 rated it it was amazing
This debut novel by Barbara Linn Probst explores a turning point in a woman’s life. Elizabeth is a mother, a wife, and an academic who is writing a thesis on Georgia O’Keeffe while teaching undergraduates at a local university. But something is missing. She’s always relied on her intellect to succeed, the “bookworm” to her sister Andrea’s “pixie”. But she knows that’s not all she is. Inspired by O’Keeffe’s life, particularly the time she spent with Alfred Stieglitz as his model, muse, and (many ...more
Jessica
Mar 12, 2020 rated it it was ok
I would like to start off by saying thank you to NetGalley and She Writes Press for giving me the opportunity to read and review an advance copy of this book.
 
Elizabeth is a busy woman. She’s a mother, a wife, a teacher and a student writing her dissertation on the painter Georgia O’Keefe, mainly about her time spent in Hawaii. To try and help her relax Elizabeth starts going to a Tai Chi class where she meets Richard, a portrait photographer. While talking about the dissertation Richard tells E
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Linda
Feb 16, 2020 rated it it was amazing
This is a book about finding yourself. Finding out who you really are and what you want in your life. Whether it’s to be a teacher, mother, wife, lover, business owner or something entirely different.

Elizabeth is going to college working on her dissertation on Georgia O’Keeffe. Through O’Keeffe’s paintings Elizabeth learns more about herself than she every thought possible. Meeting Richard at a Tia Chi class she learns to let go of her inhibitions and finding her own sexuality. But will it help
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Cindy Roesel
May 19, 2020 rated it it was amazing  ·  review of another edition
"There's something unexplored about woman that only a woman can explore."

QUEEN of THE OWLS, page 146

This summer there's a book that is quietly getting so much buzz, readers can't ignore it. Barbara Linn Probst's debut, QUEEN OF THE OWLS (SheWritesPress) is being heralded as a must read by PopSugar.com to Bustle.com and Parade Magazine. QUEEN of THE OWLS challenges every woman to explore and find her authentic self.

Elizabeth is a professor studying the Hawaii paintings of Georgia O'Keeffe.  Her t
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Denise
Apr 09, 2020 rated it really liked it  ·  review of another edition
BOOK REVIEW: (ARC)

Queen of the Owls by author, Barbara Linn Probst

"A chance meeting with a charismatic photographer will forever change Elizabeth's life."

Queen of the Owls is an impressive story~ one of self-discovery and transition. You'll find yourself on an intimate and intriguing journey of one womans need to "see and be seen" as she navigates her way through marriage, motherhood, teaching, and on to the risks she's willing to take to become the woman she wants to be, the one she's meant t
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Elizabeth Wood
Aug 01, 2020 rated it it was amazing
What an uncomfortably beautiful story! If you've ever been in a relationship where you didn't feel seen and desired, Queen of the Owls will resonate with you. Barbara Linn Probst's protagonist, Elizabeth Crawford, is a high-achieving, intellectually-oriented woman whose inner self is neglected by her partner, unrecognized by her sister, and misused by the one man who sees and understands it. Despite this neglect and misuse, Crawford triumphs in unexpected ways.

Probst uses the intellectual and a
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Davida Chazan
4.5/5 stars. I wasn't sure what I was getting into when the author asked me to read and review her book, but I was very pleasantly surprised at this debut novel. You can read my review here. https://tcl-bookreviews.com/2020/04/1... ...more
Marisa
Apr 30, 2020 rated it really liked it
I enjoyed this book. I didn’t know much about O’Keefe and the stories behind her paintings intrigued me.

I enjoyed the story and the character of Elizabeth- in a loveless marriage wanting someone to see her outer beauty instead of her brain.


Interesting story and get well
Written. Great debut effort.
Sue
Mar 18, 2020 rated it really liked it
Shelves: net-galley
Unlike anything else I've read; a novel I wish I'd had thirty years ago, though I'm not sure I would have appreciated it as much. A story of relationships, viewed through the lens of Lizzie - wife, mother, teacher, more. As much as the book covers relationships with her children, her husband, her sister, her students, it is even more about her relationship with herself, and her own body. As I read, I anticipated the story line falling into the expected, but it didn't. That aspect alone, waiting ...more
Ixxati
Apr 04, 2020 rated it it was ok
Thank you Netgalley, publisher and author for Queen of the owls arc!
Goshh I wanted to dnf this book so bad but I had to finish it anyway. I hate Elizabeth!! I don't feel bad or glad for whatever happened to her. I hate Ben and Richard too!! Goshhh there is no characters that I like in this book lol
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Amy Impellizzeri
A moving story of one woman’s journey to own her choices - good and bad - and to move forward with intention and beauty - while she studies the life and work of Georgia O’Keeffe.
Claire Fullerton
Jan 02, 2020 rated it it was amazing
A beautiful, deeply thoughtful novel concerning a woman who dares to break her own conventions by following what has heart and meaning. Author Barbara Linn Probst has written a contemporary story with timeless themes, and she has done so through the power of an engaging page-turner. Queen of the Owls depicts the day to day life of young wife and mother, Elizabeth, who juggles writing her thesis as a Ph.D. student teaching undergraduate courses while researching a significant time in photographer ...more
Signed, Iza
Probably because am not an art lover or have any interest in museums, i don't think am the right audience for this.

Thanks to the publisher via Netgalley for the eARC. I just couldn't connect or care for any of the characters or find them likable.

I do love the cover, pretty good. But it just felt its all about art and unnecessarily long.
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Pat Fayo
Apr 07, 2020 rated it really liked it
Bravo to Barbara Linn Probst on her debut novel. This is not normally a genre I would choose to read. As I started to read it, didn’t think I would like it. Starts out as a book about art history and photography. As I continued to read, I realized this book could describe many women. The protagonist, Elizabeth was in a marriage that she “existed”. Her and her husband Ben, a lawyer and a Vietnam vet, had a relationship that was more like “friends with occasional benefits” of lackluster dutiful se ...more
Linda Zagon
Mar 20, 2020 rated it really liked it  ·  review of another edition
Barbara Linn Probst, Author of "Queen of the Owls" has written an intriguing and enthralling novel. I especially appreciate Barbara Linn Probst's observations of the Art of painting and photography and symbolic meaning. The Genres for this novel are Literary Fiction and Dramatic Fiction. The story takes place in the present and goes to the past when it pertains to the characters and events.

Elizabeth, is a wife, doctoral student, teacher, and mother of two young children. Her dissertation is on t
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Linda Zagon
Mar 20, 2020 rated it really liked it
Barbara Linn Probst, Author of "Queen of the Owls" has written an intriguing and enthralling novel. I especially appreciate Barbara Linn Probst's observations of the Art of painting and photography and symbolic meaning. The Genres for this novel are Literary Fiction and Dramatic Fiction. The story takes place in the present and goes to the past when it pertains to the characters and events.

Elizabeth, is a wife, doctoral student, teacher, and mother of two young children. Her dissertation is on t
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Patricia McAlexander
Aug 11, 2020 rated it it was amazing
I am an academic; I know little about O'Keeffe; and I like romance. This background shaped my responses to the novel. I felt Elizabeth the academic was extreme in being a brainy "owl" who suppresses her emotions and sensuality and chooses a cold utilitarian marriage that helps her pursue her career. Yet she senses the void in her life. So it is not surprising that as she becomes obsessed with the subject of her dissertation—the sensual Georgia O'Keeffe and her photographer lover Stieglitz--she i ...more
Laura McToal
Mar 30, 2020 rated it it was ok
Elizabeth is brainy and apparently 'Owly' as she compares her sad, dry marriage with the apparent passion she imagines every other marriage is constantly experiencing.

Currently teaching an art class while doing her Ph.D. on the paintings by Georgia O'Keeffe and their significance in her life, Elizabeth meets Richard. Richard is a photographer who awakens her desire, while convincing her that she needs to re-enact the photographs that O'Keeffe's husband took of her at the beginning of their relat
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