Linda’s Book Obsession Reviews ” Queen of the Owls” by Barbara Linn Probst, April 7, 2020
Barbara Linn Probst, Author of “Queen of the Owls” has written an intriguing and enthralling novel. I especially appreciate Barbara Linn Probst’s observations of the Art of painting and photography and symbolic meaning. The Genres for this novel are Literary Fiction and Dramatic Fiction. The story takes place in the present and goes to the past when it pertains to the characters and events.
Elizabeth, is a wife, doctoral student, teacher, and mother of two young children. Her dissertation is on the life of artist Georgia O’Keefe, and the period of her life when she was in Hawaii and her paintings. Elizabeth becomes very conscious of other married couples’ affections, and her husband’s lack of affection. At the same time, Elizabeth becomes obsessed with Georgia O’Keefe’s relationship with a photographer, who used her pictures to express her feelings. The photographer also has an idea of how to utilize this idea.
Coincidentally, Elizabeth meets a photographer who seems to get her feelings of Georgia O’Keefe and takes pictures of Elizabeth in the same poses that Georgia O’Keefe had done. Elizabeth is so intent on her expressing herself, she doesn’t realize that they will be shown in public. How will she handle showing her private feelings?
Elizabeth is a teacher and talks about women and art. She never realizes that her students will see her pose. What will she risk and gain by doing this?
I appreciate that the author discusses the importance of a woman’s role in society, and the importance of family, friends, and colleagues. This is a thought-provoking novel that connects, art and media with emotions. It is a story of sisters, love, hope and making choices. I would highly recommend this unique novel.