Seattle novelist Elise Hooper returns to Elliott Bay this evening to read from a new historical novel based on the life and work of Dorothea Lange. Learning to See: A Novel of Dorothea Lange, the Woman Who Revealed the Real America (William Morrow) is set primarily during the Great Depression and World War II, and gives a sense of the photographer’s life. Lange, who was left to support herself and two young sons during the 1930s, took to the road to document the conditions in which the nations poor lived. During World War II, she created many photographs of Japanese Americans at Tanforan and Manzanar during the World War II Evacuation and Incarceration.
"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, author of Girl in Snow. Elise Hooper is also the author of The Other Alcott.