A PIECE OF THE WORLD by Christina Baker Kline
Highly Caffeinated Rating: ☕ ☕ ☕ ☕ ☕
There are so many times when I stand in front of a painting and wonder about the story behind it. Who are the people depicted? What could their lives have been like? Why did the artist want to capture this moment? In A PIECE OF THE WORLD, the author gives us a beautiful and touching story behind one of Andrew Wyeth's most famous paintings, "Christina's World".
Through the eloquence in her words, Christina Baker Kline manages, yet again, to brilliantly portray a woman's life in the past as well as the present. The snapshots of Christina's past only enhance and expand our knowledge of the who she is at the time when the artist chooses to paint her. Wyeth's fascination in the book with her home as well as Christina will push the story forward in a way that the reader will want to know more about her.
A PIECE OF THE WORLD is moving, captivating, and a wonderful mix of fact with fiction. I absolutely loved this book. The author seamlessly merged together my passion for art with love of historical fiction to gift me a story that has transformed the way that I now look at "Christina's World" forever. I dare you to read this book and look at the painting the same way again.
From the #1 New York Times bestselling author of the smash bestseller Orphan Train, a stunning and atmospheric novel of friendship, passion, and art, inspired by Andrew Wyeth’s mysterious and iconic painting Christina’s World.
"Later he told me that he’d been afraid to show me the painting. He thought I wouldn’t like the way he portrayed me: dragging myself across the field, fingers clutching dirt, my legs twisted behind. The arid moonscape of wheatgrass and timothy. That dilapidated house in the distance, looming up like a secret that won’t stay hidden."
To Christina Olson, the entire world was her family’s remote farm in the small coastal town of Cushing, Maine. Born in the home her family had lived in for generations, and increasingly incapacitated by illness, Christina seemed destined for a small life. Instead, for more than twenty years, she was host and inspiration for the artist Andrew Wyeth, and became the subject of one of the best known American paintings of the twentieth century.
As she did in her beloved smash bestseller Orphan Train, Christina Baker Kline interweaves fact and fiction in a powerful novel that illuminates a little-known part of America’s history. Bringing into focus the flesh-and-blood woman behind the portrait, she vividly imagines the life of a woman with a complicated relationship to her family and her past, and a special bond with one of our greatest modern artists.
Told in evocative and lucid prose, A Piece of the World is a story about the burdens and blessings of family history, and how artist and muse can come together to forge a new and timeless legacy.
About the Author: Christina Baker Kline is the author of five novels. She lives outside of New York City and on the coast of Maine. Find out more about Kline at her website, connect with her on Facebook, and follow her on Twitter.
Hardcover: 320 pages • Publisher: William Morrow (February 21, 2017)
A copy of this book was provided by HarperCollins and TLC Book Tours in exchange for an honest review.
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