The Bohemians

The Bohemians

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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  • 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...

  • 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...

  • 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 ...

  • 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...

  • 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...

  • Cat

    I absolutely LOVE historical fiction when the author has done their homework and accurately based the story on a timeline and events that actually happened. Jasmin Darznik definitely completed her the...

  • MicheleReader

    It’s 1918 and the almost twenty-three year old Dorothea Lange has traveled west to San Francisco with dreams of becoming a professional photographer. As she arrives, she has her life savings stolen ...

  • Rachel

    The Bohemians by Jasmin Darznik is a great historical fiction that focusses on the early years of Dorothea Lange, one of the women pioneers in photography. Sadly, I had not heard of Ms Lange and it wa...

  • Debbi

    Thank you Netgalley and Ballantine Books for an early reader copy!I literally could not put this book down! Beautifully researched and written, The Bohemians takes us into the early life of Dorothea L...

  • Kati Berman

    I received this book from NetGalley in exchange for an honest review. What a perfect time to read this book about photographer Dorothea Lange’s life. Her early career in San Francisco during the yea...