“There’s something unexplored about woman that only a woman can explore.”
QUEEN of THE OWLS, page 146
This summer there’s a book that is quietly getting so much buzz, readers can’t ignore it. Barbara Linn Probst’s debut, QUEEN OF THE OWLS (SheWritesPress) is being heralded as a must read by PopSugar.com to Bustle.com and Parade Magazine. QUEEN of THE OWLS challenges every woman to explore and find her authentic self.
Elizabeth is a professor studying the Hawaii paintings of Georgia O’Keeffe. Her time on the Islands transforms O’Keeffe’s life through her body, not just her eyes or painting. Elizabeth’s examination of O’Keeffe’s life as a painter during that time takes a hold of her resulting in Elizabeth making some very un-Elizabeth choices. These actions have consequences including her family relationships and profession. In the end, Elizabeth comes out a stronger woman.
I was initially excited to read this novel, because I love O’Keeffe’s paintings. I wasn’t aware of her Hawaii paintings and what they represented. But QUEEN of THE OWLS is so much more than a story about Georgia O’Keeffe’s paintings. It had me questioning how I feel I’m seen as a woman in the world and even by my family. The book felt like a call to action. It dared me to be honest with myself and question what it means to be a woman. Georgia O’Keeffe wrote, “You get whatever accomplishment you’re willing to declare.” That’s strength.
I look forward to what Barbara writes next.
I’ve embraced many sides of life. I’ve been a teacher, therapist, qualitative researcher, educational advocate, “serious amateur” pianist, and full-time mom. I’ve run a not-for-profit organization, mentored PhD students, counseled families, done webinars and radio interviews on how to nurture out-of-the-box children, and much more!
I’ve had many homes. I’ve lived in a cabin in the California redwoods, a firehouse, a converted sauna in the heart of Greenwich Village—and lots of places in-between. I now live on a historic dirt road in New York’s Hudson Valley.
I’ve looked and listened. I’ve traveled from Iceland to Israel, Scotland to Spain. I’ve spent time in Italy, Egypt, Costa Rica, Turkey, France, and along the backpacking trails of the U.S. and Canada.
I’ve spoken up. I’ve given talks to dozens of parent groups, professional organizations, and academic conferences all over the country. Here are some of my presentations.
Through all of it, I’ve never stopped writing.
Thanks to Barbara we have one copy to giveaway. Just tell us what you love about yourself. We’ll announce a winner soon. Good luck.
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