“Complex and original . . . Georgia conveys O’Keeffe’s joys and disappointments, rendering both the woman and the artist with keenness and consideration.”–The New York Times Book Review

Dawn Tripp’s fourth novel, Georgia, is a national bestseller and was a finalist for the 2016 New England Book Award and winner of the 2017 Mary Lynn Kotz Award for Art in Literature.

Georgia is a dazzling work of historical fiction which brings the iconic artist Georgia O’Keeffe to life, explores her love affair with photographer Alfred Stieglitz, and follows her quest to become an independent artist. A breathtaking work of imagination, Georgia is the story of a passionate young woman and her search for love and artistic freedom, which The New York Times called “Complex and original, Georgia conveys O’Keeffe’s joys and disappointments, rendering both the woman and the artist with keenness and consideration.”

Tripp is the author of three previous novels: Game of Secrets, Moon Tide, and The Season of Open Water, which won the Massachusetts Book Award for Fiction. Her short story Mojave was published in Gay Magazine in June, 2019.Her essays have appeared in the Virginia Quarterly Review, Harvard Review, AGNI, Conjunctions, and NPR, among other publications. She graduated magna cum laude from Harvard and lives in Massachusetts with her family. Her fifth novel will be published by Random House in 2021.

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NATIONAL BESTSELLER – In a dazzling work of historical fiction in the vein of Nancy Horan’s Loving Frank, Dawn Tripp brings to life Georgia O’Keeffe, her love affair with photographer Alfred Stieglitz, and her quest to become an independent artist.


This is not a love story. If it were, we would have the same story. But he has his, and I have mine.


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, protege, 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

“Complex and original . . . Georgia conveys O’Keeffe’s joys and disappointments, rendering both the woman and the artist with keenness and consideration.”The New York Times Book 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. . . . 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 twentieth century made for love.”USA Today

“Sexually charged . . . insightful . . . Dawn Tripp humanizes an artist who is seen in biographies as more icon than woman. Her sensuous novel is as finely rendered as an O’Keeffe painting.”The Denver Post


“A vivid work forged from the actual events of O’Keeffe’s life . . . Tripp] imbues the novel with a protagonist who forces the reader to consider the breadth of O’Keeffe’s talent, business savvy, courage and wanderlust. . . . She] is vividly alive as she grapples with success, fame, integrity, love and family.”Salon


“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


“O’Keeffe blazes across the pages in Tripp’s tour de force about this indomitable woman. . . . Tripp has hit her stride here, bringing to life one of the most remarkable artists of the twentieth century with veracity, heart, and panache.”Publishers Weekly (starred review)

“I devoured this dazzling novel about 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

Game Of Secrets

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Jane Weld was eleven years old when her father, Luce, disappeared in 1957. His skiff was found drifting near a marsh, empty except for his hunting coat and a box of shotgun shells. No one in their small New England town knew for sure what happened until, three years later, Luce’s skull rolled out of a gravel pit, a bullet hole in the temple. Rumors sprang up that he had been murdered by the jealous husband of his mistress, Ada Varick.

Now, half a century later, Jane is still searching for the truth of her father’s death, a mystery made more urgent by the unexpected romance that her willful daughter, Marne, has struck up with one of Ada’s sons. As the love affair intensifies, Jane and Ada meet for their weekly Friday game of Scrabble, a pastime that soon transforms into a cat-and-mouse game of words long left unspoken, and dark secrets best left untold.

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The Season Of Open Water

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October 1927. Bridge Weld is nineteen, headstrong, beautiful, and a petty thief. She is working in her grandfather Noel’s boatbuilding shop when Noel, a hardened seaman, is approached by a local bootlegger to refit a boat for smuggling. He takes the job for the money it offers—and the chance to build a future for Bridge and her brother, Luce. Noel invests his windfall profit in the soaring stock market, but does not count on Luce, a born risk-taker with a ruthless streak, venturing into the violence of the rum-running trade himself. Bridge embarks on a different course: She falls in love with Henry Vonniker, a World War I veteran, and an outsider from a higher social class. Caught up in her passion for Henry, Bridge moves beyond the bounds of her known world, and Luce’s fierce attachment to her spirals out of control.

The Season of Open Water is a mesmerizing tale of love and adventure centered on a blue-collar family forever changed by the lure and corruption of the American Dream.


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