Learning to See: A Novel of Dorothea Lange, the Woman Who Revealed the Real America

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William Morrow & Company
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5.3 X 7.9 X 1.0 inches | 0.65 pounds

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About the Author
A native New Englander, Elise Hooper spent several years writing for television and online news outlets before getting an MA and teaching high-school literature and history. Her debut novel, The Other Alcott, was a nominee for the 2017 Washington Book Award. More novels--Learning to See, Fast Girls, and Angels of the Pacific--followed, all centered on the lives of extraordinary but overlooked historical women. Hooper now lives in Seattle with her husband and two teenage daughters.

"Historical fiction fans will gobble up Hooper's novel and be left with the satisfied feeling that they have lived through much of the 20th century with Dorothea Lange." -- Publishers Weekly

"Hooper makes me not only feel for Lange, but also wish I could call her up like her friend, Imogen [Cunningham], and tell her I'm coming over for a visit." -- Forbes

"Hooper excels at humanizing giants....seamlessly weaving together the time, places and people in Lange's life...For photo buffs and others familiar with her vast body of work, reading the book will be like discovering the secret backstory of someone they thought they knew." -- Washington Post

"A fascinating and sometimes surprising introduction to a woman known for her iconic photographs but not her eventful life." -- Library Journal

"Hooper deftly balances the fascinating historical fabric of the novel with the personal life of its complicated protagonist. What results is a vivid and deep story that will send the reader to the internet seeking more.I give it my highest recommendation." -- Erika Robuck, national bestselling author of Fallen Beauty and Hemingway's Girl

"Elise Hooper's Dorothea Lange is magnetic!...This is a winning novel from the first page." -- Devin Murphy, national bestselling author of The Boat Runner and Tiny Americans

"Written with grace, empathy, and bright imagination, LEARNING TO SEE gives us the vivid interior life of a remarkably resilient woman. Dorothea Lange's story is about passion and art, love and family, but also about the sacrifices women make--and have always made--to illuminate the truth of the world." -- Danya Kukafka, National Bestselling author of Girl in Snow

"Gorgeously written with exquisite historical detail, Learning to See is a fascinating tale of one remarkable woman's life. Told with the same precise prose and terrific nuance as her stunning debut, The Other Alcott, Elise Hooper proves once again that she's a masterful storyteller." -- Lisa Duffy, author of The Salt House

"A powerful and timely view of America told through the lens of Dorothea Lange, a fascinating woman whose photographs shone a light on the nation's forgotten and abandoned...Detailed and thoroughly immersive, Learning to See grips the reader and highlights an important period in American history." -- Chanel Cleeton, author of Next Year in Havana

"Hooper does an admirable job at condensing a multitude of decades and careers into an immensely entertaining and page-turning novel." -- Historical Novel Society

"Her adventures illuminate the world of intrepid female artists in the late 1800s, a milieu too little appreciated today [...] The Other Alcott comes alive in its development of the relationship between Louisa and May." -- New York Times, Sunday Review of Books

"More than ever, we need books like this - in celebration of a woman overlooked by history, one whose story helps shed light on our own contemporary search for love, identity and meaning." -- Tara Conklin, New York Times bestselling author of The House Girl

"To read this book is to understand why the women behind Little Women continue to cast a long shadow over our imaginations and dreams. Hooper is a writer to watch!" -- Elisabeth Egan, author of A Window Opens