A Novel of Dorothea Lange, the Woman Who Revealed the Real America
William Morrow Paperbacks
On Sale: January 22, 2019
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Women's Fiction Historical | Historical
In this amazing new novel by the author of The Other
Alcott, we see the world of Dorothea Lange, creator of
the most iconic photographs of twentieth-century America,
wife, mother, lover, and truth teller.
In 1918, twenty-two-year-old Dorothea Nutzhorn arrives in
bohemian San Francisco determined to forge her way on her
own terms. Within a year and a half, she’s renamed herself
Dorothea Lange and is the toast of the Bay Area as the owner
of the city’s most prestigious and stylish portrait studio
and wife of the talented but volatile painter, Maynard Dixon.
By the early 1930s, as America’s economy collapses and her
marriage founders, she must find a way to support her two
young sons single-handedly. Determined to find humanity in
places where most chose to look the other way, she takes to
the road and exposes the horrific conditions of America’s
poor. When the nation enters the Second World War, Dorothea
must confront another injustice and decide how far she’s
willing to fight. At a time when women are supposed to keep
home fires burning, Dorothea dares be different, but her
choices will come with a steep price.
Set amidst the turmoil of the Great Depression and the
incarceration of Japanese Americans during World War II,
Learning to See follows the life of an ambitious
woman and her awakening to art, activism, and what it means
to risk everything for love.
1 comment posted.
Re: Learning to See
Thanks, I have learned about Dorothea Lange in my photography class her in Dublin. Her 'Migrant Mother' was shown as one of the most iconic photos of all time. I will look out for this book.
(Clare O'Beara 4:55am January 16)
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