A Piece of the World

A Piece of the World

by Christina Baker Kline

Overview: 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 is her family farm in the small coastal town of Cushing, Maine. The only daughter in a family of sons, Christina is tied to her home by health and circumstance, and seems destined for a small life. Instead, she becomes Andrew Wyeth’s first great inspiration, and the subject of one of the best-known paintings of the twentieth century, Christina’s World.

As she did in her beloved bestseller Orphan Train, Christina Baker Kline interweaves fact and fiction to vividly reimagine a real moment in history. A Piece of the World is a powerful story of the flesh-and-blood woman behind the portrait, her complicated relationship to her family and inheritance, and how artist and muse can come together to forge a new and timeless legacy.

Faith Bowers (02/20/18): I thought this was excellent historical fiction. The muse of artist Andrew Wyeth is a 46 year old life long resident of her family home of many sea faring generations. Her father farmed the property. She and her brother took over. The house was in disrepair and had never been modernized but it was their home. This is her story, the woman in the picture Christina’s World by Andrew Wyeth in MOMA in NYC.

The writing is concise but not too tight. I really enjoy when an author improves dramatically in her next novel. Kline wrote Orphan Train which was good but this is so much better. The house becomes an important character especially how she writes the way the siblings see their home through the eyes of Wyeth. There are so many topics of conversation for a book club even though it seems like a simple story.
Rating: *****

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