— Caroline Leavitt, best-selling author
— Barbara Claypole White, best-selling author
"Nuanced and insightful"
— Christina Baker Kline, #1 New York Times
PRAISE for QUEEN OF THE OWLS
2019 Indie Publisher of the Year
"Probst plumbs the depths of Elizabeth’s desperation with a delicacy that underlines the brutal truths her protagonist must face ... A thought-provoking, introspective examination of self and sexuality."
"Readers will root for Elizabeth—and wince in amusement at her pratfalls—as she strikes out in improbable new directions … An entertaining, psychologically rich story of a sometimes giddy, sometimes painful awakening."
"A beautiful contemporary novel full of timeless themes, elegantly portraying one woman's courage to passionately follow the inspiration of Georgia O'Keeffe and brave the risk of coming into her own."
“This is a stunner about the true cost of creativity, and about what it means to be really seen. Gorgeously written and so, so smart (and how can you resist any novel that has Georgia O’Keeffe in it?), Probst’s novel is a work of art in itself.”
“QUEEN OF THE OWLS is a powerful novel about a woman’s relation to her body, diving into contemporary controversies about privacy and consent. A “must-read” for fans of Georgia O’Keeffe and any woman who struggles to find her true self hidden under the roles of sister, mother, wife, and colleague.”
“Barbara Linn Probst captures the art of being a woman beautifully. QUEEN OF THE OWLS is a powerful and liberating novel of self-discovery using Georgia O’Keeffe’s life, art and relationships as a guide.”
“Barbara Linn Probst's well-written and engaging debut asks a question every woman can relate to: what would you risk to be truly seen and understood? Elizabeth's journey takes no shortcuts as she grapples with her roles as wife, sister and mother. The lush descriptions of O'Keeffe's work and life enhance the story, and help frame the enduring feminist issues at its center.”
“Obsession, naivety, seduction, desire, self-deception, love, and courage—all emotions subtly and powerfully revealed in this story of Elizabeth, mother, wife and intellectual, as she follows her idol, artist Georgia O’Keeffe, along a path to herself. A thought-provoking novel that readers will want to savor and share.”
“A gifted storyteller, Barbara Linn Probst writes with precision, empathy, intelligence, and a deep understanding of the psychology of a woman’s search for self.”
“A wonderful book that every woman needs to read!”
A debut novel too good to ignore!
One of the best new fiction books to read during the quarantine!
One of the 20 most anticipated books of 2020!
One of ten books to read if you loved Little Fires Everywhere!
QUEEN OF THE OWLS was a medalist in the highly competitive “popular fiction” category for the Independent Publishers Association. It was also first runner-up in the overall category of “general fiction” and was short-listed for the Eric Hoffer $2500 Grand Prize.