Thursday, June 8, 2017

A Piece of the World by Christina Baker Kline Review & Giveaway!

My book club and I just finished up a truly amazing book.  A Piece of the World by Christina Baker Kline is destined to be one of the "it books" of the year and it should definitely find its' way onto your reading list for the summer.  Here is the scoop...


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.

My Thoughts:  I was already a fan of this author because of Orphan Train.  I love her writing style and how she gets right into the hearts of her characters.  In A Piece of the World, Kline takes on the iconic figure, Christina Olson.  Now, I knew about Christina Olson because she lived in Maine (like me!) and my grandparents had a framed print of Christina's World in their living room when I was growing up.  The painting....

I was more than a little excited to hear how Kline imagined life was for the girl in the painting I grew up looking at. 

Christina Olson suffered from many physical limitations that made walking and moving an incredible struggle.  Despite very significant disabilities Christina was the strength within her household from a very early age.   Kline does a remarkable job of portraying the despair of the drudgery of day-to-day life in a very isolated part of the country.  Sometimes the book felt achingly heavy to read....but in a good way if that makes any sense at all!  There were sparks of hope and happiness within the pages though particularly when Andrew Wyeth enters the scene. 

Wyeth is portrayed as a real ray of sunshine in what must have been a very dreary existence for Christina.  His interest in her life both surprised and delighted her and the result was some of the very best in  Americana art.  As I was reading the book I found myself googling Wyeth, wanting to see his images as well as the paintings he had done on the Olson property.  I was spellbound.

I can't recommend this book enough.  It was a fascinating read that connected me to a part of Maine history.  Christina Baker Kline has once again taken facts and added her wonderfully imaginative special touch. This is a must read!  You can pick it up today on the Harper Collins website HERE.

I am thrilled to tell you that the publisher, Harper Collins, is giving one lucky Reviewed by Mom reader a copy of A Piece of the World.  Thanks so much to the sponsor and good luck!
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51 comments:

Jenny Q. said...

I haven't read any books from this author yet, but it looks like a good book.

skkorman said...

I have not as yet read anything by this writer but perhaps this book will be my first!

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Julie Lundstrom said...

I have not read one of her books but this book looks good. I would like to try one of her books.

Elizabeth Brooks said...

I havent read any, but looks goid

aperry said...

I have not read any books written by this author.

Denise S. said...

No, I have not read this author before.

Dawn Ballo said...

I haven't read any of her books yet.

Sandy Klocinski said...

I have not read another book by this author

slb3334 said...

I have not read any.

Anonymous said...

I have also not read any by this author, but id love too!

grammypennyann said...

I have not - would love to...love trying new authors!!

Tracy Shafer said...

Yes! I have read Orphan Train.

Rhonda Fuller said...

I have not read this

Arf2-D2 said...

I have not read anything by this author

sweepmom said...

I read the Orphan Train and enjoyed it very much.

Anonymous said...

Never have but would like to.

Darlene said...

I have not read any of her other books

Susan Smoaks said...

i have not read any of the other books by her.

SexyBrat said...

I have not read any of her books.

Taryn Tener said...

I have not read anything by this author, but since I am a teacher, and it is summer time, I have plenty of time to start. The email I check most often is fossil316@aol.com

Kathy Borgen said...

Yea, I read Orphan Train. I enjoyed it so much and would love to read this book too!

Katie Hyatt said...

I have not read another book by this author

Edye Nicole said...

I have not read any of their books.

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Pamela Sloss said...

I have not read another book by this author.

Rita M said...

No, this would be my first.

Terra Heck said...

This author does not sound familiar to me so I don't believe so, but I'd like to read the book. Thanks.
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Nancy said...

I have not yet read any books by this author.

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Doug G. said...

I have never read anything by her ;-)

Daniel M said...

haven't read any yet

Laura Aldridge said...

I've never read anything by this author but this book sounds intriguing! :)

Leela said...

I haven't read any.

Julie Waldron said...

I have not read any books by this author.

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Ashley Horner said...

I have not read any books by this author however I always like to find new authors.

beachgirl0323 said...

I haven't read any other books by this author but the book looks interesting.

McKim said...

I haven't read any books by this author.

Gabrielly Margutti said...

I haven't read any books from this author yet.

M Wag said...

I have read Orphan Train by this author and I know what you mean when you say it pulls you in from the first sentence (paraphrasing your comments). Vivid storyteller. I didn't recognize this book as a giveaway until now but am entering in the hopes of winning anyway. Thanks for your time and effort into all these book reviews and giveaways. Most appreciated.

ellie said...

I have not read anything by this author, yet.

Sandy said...

I read Orphan Train and loved it!

desitheblonde said...

i have not read it but i would love to read it for her

Philip Lawrence said...

I have not read any other books by this author.

Stacy said...

I have not read any others.

Laura Schrillo said...

I loved the Orphan Train

amandatmgrover said...

I have never read anything by this author, but this book sounds great.

Nicole C. said...

Yes, I read Orphan Train. I loved it!!

Barbara Pacific said...

I have heard great things about this book

Brooke Rose said...

I have not read another book by this author, but look forward to start reading this authors books! Thanks for the chance~

Sand said...

No, I have never read anything by this author.

Trisha McKee said...

I have not but definitely plan to now!