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A Piece of the World By Christina Baker Kline A Piece of the World From the 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 pa

  • Title: A Piece of the World
  • Author: Christina Baker Kline
  • ISBN: 9780062356284
  • Page: 163
  • Format: ebook
  • A Piece of the World By Christina Baker Kline 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 fieldFrom 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 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
    A Piece of the World By Christina Baker Kline

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    1. Diane S ☔ on said:

      Andrew Wyeth, his painting Christina s World would immortalize this young woman and her life In fact many of his paintings would feature this farm, where he would visit and paint in the summers for twenty years, a farm that Christina s family had owned and lived in for generations Cushing, Maine, how the family came here and whom there ancestors were is an interesting back story in itself.Although Wyeth makes an appearance here and there, for the most part this is the story of Christina, her fam [...]

    2. Elyse on said:

      At times I thought of Helen Keller.wishing Christina Olson of this story had half the opportunities Helen Keller did I was aching at times for Christina This was a gut wrenching sad story I shed tears a couple of times and found myself thankful for a relief of the smallest gesture of expression of sibling love The touch of a hand between Christina and her brother, Al, was one of the most beautiful moments in this novel to me There were a couple other golden box beautiful scenes that helped balan [...]

    3. Phrynne on said:

      I had read several good reviews for this book by people whose opinions I trust so I expected that I would like it too I was surprised by how much I liked it and how very readable it was I found it very hard to put down.I was not familiar with Andrew Wyeth or his famous painting entitled Christina s World but it made for an excellent story Poor stubborn Christina with her deformed limbs and constant pain was nevertheless a wonderful character As the book progressed I began to wonder how on earth [...]

    4. Suzanne Leopold on said:

      Andrew Wyeth spent his summers in Cushing, Maine with his family It is here where he first met Christina Olson who later becomes the inspiration for his painting Christina s World Christina lived a tough life along with her brother Al on the neighboring farm Their dilapidated home lacked modern day conveniences and had fallen into disrepair Andrew encounters the Olsons through their neighbor Betsy and he decides to express their lives via a painting As Andrew puts paint to canvas, the details of [...]

    5. Linda on said:

      I wanted to show the desire and the hesitation You know it well It s the famous painting by Andrew Wyeth in which a young girl s image is set within the Maine landscape of house, of barn, and of an ocean of endless grass Wyeth seems to reveal nothing as he casts her likeness from behind Yet, her thinly posed arms are stretched outward in familiar motion This is, indeed, Christina s World.Generation after generation of the Hathorne clan have lived and farmed on this plot of land in the small rura [...]

    6. Marilyn C. on said:

      What she wants most what she truly yearns for is what any of us want to be seen Christina Olson lived her life mostly as a shut in, born with a degenerative disease that will take the use of her legs in childhood The famous painter Andrew Wyeth befriends her, and will use her home and land to paint some of his most famous works, including the painting that now resides in the Museum of Modern Art, Christina s World A story told through Christina s eyes as she bravely deals with the hardships of h [...]

    7. Cheri on said:

      Over the years, certain stories in the history of a family take hold They re passed from generation to generation, gaining substance and meaning along the way You have to learn to sift through them, separating fact from conjecture, the likely from the implausible Here is what I know Sometimes the least believable stories are the true ones Their home at Hathorn Point in Cushing Maine was on land claimed by three men, two brothers, Samuel and William Hathorn, and William s son Alexander They packe [...]

    8. Marita on said:

      LATER HE TOLD ME 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 Faraway windows, opaque and unreadable Ruts in the spiky grass made by an invisible vehicle, leading nowhere Dishwater sky So begins this novel by Christina Baker Kline The pain [...]

    9. Lori on said:

      4.5 stars I loved The Orphan Train and, happily, I enjoyed this just as much Christina s World is a work of art that has been made special to me after learning the story behind it I don t know that I particularly liked Christina, but at the same time I felt a deep connection to her We can all be tied to anchores and while some are able to pull themselves free, others let it pull them under I think in the end Christina found her world and, I hope through it all a bit of contentment My recommenda [...]

    10. Brenda on said:

      Born in 1893, Christina Olson became ill at a young age, and from that day forward, her debilitating illness continued unabated Doctors had no idea what was wrong with her, but over the years she continued to get worse Her life was centred around the home she d been born in the family farm in Cushing, Maine Christina lived with her mother, father and grandmother plus three brothers, and the duties of keeping the farm running increasingly fell on her shoulders Made to leave school by her father a [...]

    11. Liz on said:

      3.5 starsUnlike most people, I was not a huge fan of Orphan Train So, I wasn t sure how I d like Kline s latest book And the beginning was so slow and dry I thought, well, here we go again But stick with it and you will be rewarded The main character is Christina, the subject of Andrew Wyeth s Christina s World It seemed to take forever before I felt invested in Christina Not until her relationship with Walton did she come across as three dimensional The meat of this book is all in the second ha [...]

    12. Erin on said:

      Over the years, certain stories in the history of a family take hold They re passed from generation to generation, gaining substance and meaning along the way You have to learn to sift through them, separating fact from conjecture, the likely from the implausible Here is what I know Sometimes the least believable stories are the true ones Well, I m extremely grateful that I don t wear mascara because I m a blubbering mess right now This absolutely mesmerizing fictional memoir of Christina Olson, [...]

    13. Margitte on said:

      Don t you wonder sometimes who the people in paintings were Like Mona Lisa She was the wife of Francesco del Giocondo, who commissioned the painting by Leonardo Da Vinci But what do we really know about her It was the same mystery behind the artist Andrew Wyeth s famous painting, titled Christina s World, which draw me to this book The book has.nd of this painting as a cover But when I realized that this novel was written by Christina Baker Kline, the author of Orphan Train, one of my favorite b [...]

    14. Pamela on said:

      Sometimes a sanctuary, sometimes a prison, that house on the hill has always been my home I ve spent my life yearning toward it, wanting to escape it, paralyzed by its hold on me Hauntingly beautiful and deeply felt in the complex ways of human strength, tenacity, weaknesses, flaws and vulnerabilities A Piece of the World is so atmospherically rich and utterly transporting, I didn t want leave Christine s World at book s end Do our natures dictate the choices we make, I wonder, or do we choose t [...]

    15. Connie on said:

      Andrew Wyeth spent his summers painting in Cushing, Maine and he was especially drawn to the Olson House and its occupants Siblings Al and Christina Olson lived in their old ancestral home which had no modern conveniences no electricity, and no indoor plumbing other than a hand pump in the kitchen The book is named for Wyeth s famous painting Christina s World which depicts a field of yellowed grass and a woman in a pink dress crawling up the hill, heading toward a farmhouse in disrepair Wyeth i [...]

    16. Sara on said:

      I have long been fascinated with the artwork of Andrew Wyeth, and particularly his body of work centered around Christina Olson and her rustic home in Maine I knew, therefore, that a well constructed book about those persons would be interesting to me For once, I got than I anticipated This book is marvelous.I must say, in fairness, that this is about Christina herself and has less to do with Andrew Wyeth or his art than I had thought it would No problem Christina is a complex and multidimensi [...]

    17. ☮Karen on said:

      A Piece of the World examines Christina s World, both her life on a farming ranch in Maine and the painting by that name by her friend Andrew Wyeth Christina s movement is restricted by a crippling disease she was born with that only worsens as she gets older Her world is restricted by a strict father who makes her quit school at 12, even though she exhibits brilliance, because she is needed to do chores Later her heart is broken by a Harvard man and her place is pretty set She becomes set in he [...]

    18. Ann Marie (Lit·Wit·Wine·Dine) on said:

      I m proud to have been a stop on the blog tour of this book You can read about that and all my reviews at Lit.Wit.Wine.DineI was immediately drawn to this book for so many reasons I loved The Orphan Train and could not wait to read another book written by Christina Baker Kline I love Andrew Wyeth s work I really could go on and on about how much I love his paintings I ll restrain myself though and say only that I m unbelievably drawn to his signature color palette and his peaceful yet intense no [...]

    19. Cindy Burnett on said:

      A Piece of this World is inspired by Andrew Wyeth s painting, Christina s World I am a fan of both Andrew and N.C Wyeth s paintings and was therefore very eager to read this book While I love the painting Christina s World and have seen it on display a number of times at MoMA, I never realized that Wyeth based the painting on someone he knew The story goes back and forth through time slowly imagining Christina s sad story and how Andrew Wyeth came to know and paint her Christina spent her entire [...]

    20. Stacey on said:

      I m afraid I ll be in the minority with my rating, but don t let that deter you from picking this up I admire an author that can weave a story from an object Christina is a strong, well drawn character and setting was spot on I hadn t heard of Andrew Wyeth so researching his work was interesting Where the book lost me was that it seemed to wane on and on and on.

    21. Sonja Arlow on said:

      I was very excited to see this book as I really enjoyed Orphan Train When the description mentioned that this is fictional story weaved around a true figure in a well know painting I was even excited because I was hoping it would be as interesting as Girl with a Pearl Earring.But sadly, this was just not my cup of tea.I get that Christina suffered She was a perfectly healthy child deformed by a disease which to my untrained ears that sounded like polio and for the rest of her life she was trapp [...]

    22. Stephanie Anze on said:

      Christina s WorldBy Andrew Wyeth 1948 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 me The arid moonscape of wheatgrass and timothy That dilapidated house in the distance, looming like a secret that won t stay hidden Christina Olson is born in Cushing, Maine on the family farm Ailed by an unknown disease, Christina progressively losses her mobilty b [...]

    23. Jeanette on said:

      This is a book that is the polar opposite of the grit action packed 1000 under character hip and modern tome that holds 18 separate levels of criminal behavior or DSM5 quantity labeled conditions Does that mean that all the characters are apple pie mode norms No But it does mean that they are often peaceful, gentle, apt to comply and assist, and are also hard working norms for their lives era Nearly all of these humans in this piece of the world are And doubly so are the 3 main protagonists Chri [...]

    24. Pam Jenoff on said:

      I was fortunate enough to have an early read of this forthcoming book by the author of Orphan Train and it is terrific It is a re imagining of the life of the young girl who inspired Andrew Wyeth s painting Christina s World A must read for winter spring

    25. DJ Sakata on said:

      Favorite Quotes Sometimes a sanctuary, sometimes a prison, that house on the hill has always been my home I ve spent my life yearning toward it, wanting to escape it, paralyzed by its hold on me There are many ways to be crippled, I ve learned over the years, many forms of paralysis You can never escape the bonds of family history, no matter how far you travel And the skeleton of a house can carry in its bones the marrow of all that came before.It is a terrible thing to find the love of your lif [...]

    26. Sara on said:

      Thank you to Giveaways for the opportunity to read this book in advance.This was so good, I could have read 500 pages Each character leapt off the page, and I felt by the end of the book that I knew Christina, Al, Andy, Gertrude and the rest of the characters personally, like my next door neighbors who I can just pop round to see whenever I d like Each was flawed, but each somehow struck sympathy within me, and made me feel for them Christina, though I grew to love her almost instantly So stron [...]

    27. Heather on said:

      I really loved this book I read in it two short days and lost some sleep staying up to finish it It s a quiet story, reminding me a bit of Hannah Coulter The main character is dealt a very difficult lot in life from an early age she suffers from an undiagnosed physical disability which makes it nearly impossible for her to walk She is stubborn, gritty and at times harsh, not unlike the rugged Maine coastline the story is set in I won t give away of the plot, but I think you ll find yourself gr [...]

    28. Julie Anderson on said:

      2.5 Excellent idea Low on plot, which is fine with me as long as the characters and telling are well crafted I m not certain that was accomplished as I had difficulty remaining engaged Would be a great use of literature,though, to introduce Christina s World and Andrew Wyeth to middle high school students.

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