Georgia: A Novel of Georgia O'Keeffe

Random. Mar. 2016. 334p. ISBN 9781400069538. $28; ebk. ISBN 9780679604273. F
In 1916, when Georgia O'Keeffe was 30 years old, she made the connection that would forever alter her life: Alfred Stieglitz. From their first meeting, she became the married photographer's muse and mistress, while he in turn supported and encouraged her art. Their volatile affair gave birth to the career of one of America's greatest female artists, but not without cost. Throughout her life, O'Keeffe struggled with the impact her relationship with Stieglitz had on her art, its perception in the marketplace, and her own sense of self-worth. Tripp's (Game of Secrets) writing is romantic, poetic, and flows as smoothly as her artist subject's brushstrokes in her famous floral studies. However, the trouble with biographical novels is where the author's vision and history collide. Tripp's language and the dreamy feeling it evokes at times feels at odds with a relationship so tempestuous and flawed from its start.
VERDICT Recommended for those who enjoy the genre.
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