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A Piece of the World: A Novel
By: Christina Baker Kline
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(as of: 04/25/17)
Manufacturer: William Morrow
ISBN: 0062356267
Publication Date: 2017-02-21
Release Date 2017-02-21
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INSTANT NEW YORK TIMES BESTSELLER

"Graceful, moving and powerful.”

--Michael Chabon, New York Times bestselling author of Moonglow

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.

This edition includes a four-color reproduction of Andrew Wyeth's Christina's World.



Life on an isolated farm in rural Maine has many challenges, but for Christina Olson, physical limitations make her world all the more lonely. Life passes by in a blur as Christina works, first as a child and then as an unwed woman, at the myriad of laborious chores it takes to keep house for her family.

Christina’s education stops at eighth grade, despite her promise as a student, and her small world becomes smaller yet. A chance at romance, at love, at escape stretches over years, teasing in its intensity and promise. Yet Christina remains, tethered to family and the farm that has been in her family for hundreds of years.

When the artist Andrew Wyeth and his wife, Betsy, whom Christina has known since Betsy was a child, start spending summers in the area, Christina begins a friendship with the artist that is uncomplicated and simple, yet deeply meaningful to both of them. Christina becomes Wyeth’s muse, and as such is the subject of several of the artist’s most recognizable works.

A Piece of the World is a fictionalized version of Christina Olson’s life, but the author, Christina Baker Kline, has drawn heavily on research and facts that weave throughout the novel to present the seemingly simple life of a strong and complex woman. Olson’s painful physical condition underscores her raw strength, a true product of New England pioneer spirit. Olson is tough, yet beneath a crusty exterior beats a kind and caring heart trapped by body and circumstance. Klein perfectly captures that spirit of unflagging devotion that binds Olson to the land as readily as would a short leash. By alternating between Olson’s childhood and later years, Klein quite effectively paints her own portrait of Christina, giving readers an absolute treasure of a story. Evocative and compelling, A Piece of the World is not to be missed.

 
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