Book Review: A Piece of the World by Christina Baker Kline

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About:
A Piece of the World by Christina Baker Kline is a novel which tells the story behind one of Andrew Wyeth’s iconic painting Christina’s World. Ms. Baker is a prolific writer with several best sellers.

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  • 320 pages
  • Publisher: William Morrow
  • Language: English
  • ISBN-10: 0062356267

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My rating for Christina’s World – 5
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Thoughts:
I am familiar with the painting Christina’s World by Andrew Wyeth, but can’t say I have given it much thought. When I heard about A Piece of the World by Christina Baker Kline , I thought it would be a subject I’d be interested in, and anyway I enjoyed the book Orphan Train which the author wrote.

This is the story of Christina Olson, not Andrew Wyeth. The artist is a minor character in this story and the famous painting is a culmination of Christina’s life and the artist’s understanding of how she views the world.

This is a charming book, it brings forth the difficult life of an intelligent, but handicapped girl, then a woman, in the 1920s and throughout her life. Combine that with the difficult life of living and working on a farm, a back-breaking work for even the healthiest of people and one sees the painting in a whole new light.

At the end of the book the author wrote a bit of history about the real Christina Olson, and how she differs from the fictional character she created. As always the author’s note is very much appreciated to bring context to both stories, real and fictional.

Christinasworld.jpg
By http://www.moma.org/collection/object.php?object_id=78455, Fair use, Link

Synopsis:
Christina Olson lives in a small coastal town called Cushing, Maine. Christina’s home is an old farm which has been in her mother’s family for generations.

Christina has an unknown disease which increasingly degenerates her muscles, but she fights against it with every fiber of her being. For more than 20 years, the Olson farm has been the subject of artist Andrew Wyeth, a family friend.

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