The Bohemians

The Bohemians

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A dazzling novel of one of America's most celebrated photographers, Dorothea Lange, exploring the wild years in San Francisco that awakened her career-defining grit, compassion, and daring.

In 1918, Dorothea Lange 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, but a devastating betrayal pushes their friendship to the breaking point and alters the course of their lives.

The Bohemians captures San Francisco in the glittering and gritty 1920s, with cameos from such legendary figures as Mabel Dodge, Frida Kahlo, Ansel Adams, and DH Lawrence . At the same time, it is eerily resonant with contemporary themes, as anti-immigration sentiment, corrupt politicians, and the Spanish flu bring tumult to the city--and as the gift of friendship and the possibility of self-invention persist against the ferocious pull of history.

Title:The Bohemians
Edition Language:English
ISBN:9780593129425
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    The Bohemians Reviews

  • MarilynW

    The Bohemians by Jasmin Darznik (Author), Dylan Moore (Narrator)Before I listened to this audiobook, my knowledge of Dorothea Lange was mostly having seen many of her famous Depression era photos. Thi...

  • PamG

    The Bohemians by Jasmin Darznik is a biographical historical fiction novel that mainly covers the life of Dorothea Lange from 1918 through 1920 along with a small amount of information about her l...

  • Annette

    Maynard Dixon (1875-1946) at the beginning of the 20th century is the best painter in San Francisco. Dorothea Lange (1895-1965) in 1918 is a new comer to the Bohemian San Francisco, hoping to make a p...

  • Diane S ?

    In 1918 Dorothea Lange arrives in San Francisco. She left New York with a small sum of money, her camera and a great deal of ambition. She arrives in SF with only her camera having been robbed on the ...

  • Liz

    I was a huge fan of Song of a Captive Bird and was shocked when it didn’t get the attention I thought it deserved. So, I was anxious to read The Bohemians. Darznik did such a good job capturing the ...

  • DeAnn

    5 enchanting starsThis one checked all of the boxes for me! Historical fiction based on a real person and it completely enchanted me! I’m sure most people recognize Dorothea Lange’s most famous ph...

  • Judy

    The Bohemians, a novel with Dorothea Lange, at its center, is totally fascinating. Dorothea Lange was a much-celebrated American photographer who is most known for her influence on journalistic photog...

  • Cheri

    4.5 Stars’San Francisco isn’t what it used to be. And it never was.’ - Will Irwin to Herb Cain, San Francisco ChronicleThis story captures the aura of this place and time in much the same way th...

  • Fiona

    I hadn’t heard of Dorothea Lange, the subject of this book. When I Googled her and saw those haunting images of the American Depression, I immediately recognised her work. I looked forward to learni...

  • Linden

    I like to be sure when I’m reading historical fiction that it has some basis in truth. I never felt that way about this novel. (The author says in the epilogue that a writer can “interrupt history...