Georgia: A Novel

Georgia O’Keeffe, her love affair with photographer Alfred Stieglitz, and her quest to become an independent artist come to life in this sensuous and wonderfully written novel, a dazzling departure into historical fiction by the acclaimed novelist Dawn Tripp.

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

American artist Georgia O'Keeffe blazes across the pages in Tripp's tour de force ... The author manages to get inside O'Keeffe's mind to such an extent that readers experience her transformation … they will feel the passion that infused her work and love life that emboldened her canvases ... The relationship between Stieglitz and O'Keeffe, and her metamorphosis from lover to wife to jilted partner, is poignantly drawn. Tripp has hit her stride here, bringing to life one of the most remarkable artists of the 20th century with veracity, heart, and panache.

Publishers Weekly (starred 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....Erotic and 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 20th century made for love.

USA Today

A dazzling exploration of Georgia O'Keeffe's artistic career and the deeply human woman behind the cultural icon...Tripp's writing is the linguistic equivalent of O'Keeffe's art: bold, luminous, full of unusual juxtapositions... By exploring one woman's struggle to be seen and valued for herself, Tripp asks important questions about gender, love and the roles of criticism and public image in art.

Shelf Awareness

Masterful...the book is a lovely portrayal of an iconic artist who is independent and multidimensional. Tripp's O'Keeffe is a woman hoping to break free of conventional definitions of art, life and gender, as well as a woman of deep passion and love.

Milwaukee Journal Sentinel

I devoured this dazzling portrait of an American icon. Dawn Tripp brings Georgia O'Keeffe so fully to life on every page and, with great wisdom, examines the very nature of love, longing, femininity, and art.

J. Courtney Sullivan, New York Times bestselling author of Maine and The Engagements

Georgia is a uniquely American chronicle...And, in the end, a book about a talent so fierce it crushed pretty much everything in its path — a rare story of artistic triumph...Tripp expertly makes drama of two traditional themes in the O’Keeffe story — the romance with Stieglitz and the development of her art — but it’s the track about her art and his management of it and her struggle not to be dominated by him that makes her novel compelling...In most first-person novels, the character talks to you. Here, she recollects with you — in her heart as well as her head. Which is to say that Dawn Tripp writes in much the same way as O’Keeffe painted: in vivid color and subtle shade.

Jesse Kornbluth, www.headbutler.com

In this masterful novel, Dawn Tripp erases the boundary between writer and character, bringing O'Keeffe's voice, essence and vision to life. Georgia is a dazzling, brilliant work about the struggle between artist and woman, between self and the other, between love and the necessity to break free of it. The luminous sensuality of the writing glows from every page, drawing the reader into the splendor and machinations of the NYC art world between the wars, revealing both Georgia O'Keeffe and Dawn Tripp as the great artists they are.

B.A. Shapiro, New York Times bestselling author of The Art Forger& The Muralist

Georgia O'Keeffe's life became legendary even as she was living it, something she both invited and fought against. This is the fascinating tension at the heart of Dawn Tripp's novel - a book that, like O'Keeffe's paintings, is lush and rigorous, bold and subtle, sensual, cranky, deeply felt, and richly imagined.

Joan Wickersham