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From the author of SONG OF A CAPTIVE BIRD comes another gorgeous historical novel. Here Darznik explores the life of Dorothea Lange, one of America’s most celebrated photographers whose career that spanned decades. Set in early 20th century San Francisco, THE BOHEMIANS, captures the early days of Lange’s photography - her wild years that awakened her career-defining grit, compassion, and daring.
In 1918 Dorothea leaves the East Coast for California, where a disaster kick-starts a new life. Her friendship with Caroline Lee, a vivacious, straight-talking woman with a complicated past, gives her entrée into Monkey Block, an artists' colony and the bohemian heart of San Francisco. Dazzled by Caroline and her friends, Dorothea is catapulted into a heady new world of freedom, art, and politics. She also finds herself unexpectedly--and unwisely--falling in love with Maynard Dixon, a brilliant but troubled painter. Dorothea and Caroline eventually create a flourishing portrait studio only to have a devastating betrayal push their friendship to the breaking point and alter the course of their lives.
Rich with descriptions of San Francisco in the glittering and gritty 1920s, and with cameos from such legendary figures as Mabel Dodge, Frida Kahlo, Ansel Adams, and DH Lawrence, THE BOHEMIANS explores the gift of friendship, the possibility of self-invention, and the ferocious pull of history.
Jasmin Darznik's debut novel SONG OF A CAPTIVE BIRD was a New York Times Book Review "Editors' Choice," a Los Angeles Times bestseller, longlisted for the Center for Fiction Prize, and awarded the Writers' Center's First Novel Prize. Jasmin is also the author of the New York Times bestseller THE GOOD DAUGHTER: A Memoir of My Mother's Hidden Life. Her books have been published in seventeen countries and her essays have appeared in the New York Times, Washington Post, Los Angeles Times, and Lenny Letter, among others. Jasmin was born in Tehran, Iran and came to America when she was five years old. She holds an MFA in fiction from Bennington College and a Ph.D. in English from Princeton University. Now a professor of English and creative writing at California College of the Arts, she lives in the San Francisco Bay Area with her family.
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