A Piece of the World by Christina Baker Kline

A Piece of the World

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 moonscap...

Details A Piece of the World

TitleA Piece of the World
Release DateFeb 21st, 2017
PublisherWilliam Morrow
GenreHistorical, Historical Fiction, Fiction, Art

Reviews A Piece of the World

  • Diane S ☔
    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 t...
  • Elyse
    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. The...
  • Phrynne
    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. ...
  • Suzanne Leopold
    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...
  • Linda
    "I wanted to show.......both 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 Hathorn...
  • Marilyn C.
    "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 ...
  • Cheri
    ”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, Samu...
  • Marita
    “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. Di...
  • Lori
    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 more 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 ...
  • Brenda
    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...
  • Liz
    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 t...
  • Erin
    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 abs...
  • Margitte
    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 ..kind of.. this painting as a cover. But when I realized that this novel was written by Christina ...
  • Pamela
    "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 ...
  • Connie
    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 th...
  • Sara
    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 more than I anticipated. This book is marvelous.I must say, in fairness, that this is more about Christina herself and has less to do with Andrew Wyeth or his art than I had though...
  • ☮Karen
    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 ...
  • Ann Marie (Lit·Wit·Wine·Dine)
    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 t...
  • Cindy Burnett
    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 An...
  • Stacey
    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.
  • Sonja Arlow
    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 more 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 s...
  • Stephanie Anze
    Christinas WorldBy Andrew Wyeth 1948"Later he told me that hed been afraid to show me the painting. He thought I wouldnt 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 wont stay hidden."Christina Olson is born in Cushing, Maine on the family farm. Ailed by an unknown d...
  • Jeanette
    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 ...
  • Pam Jenoff
    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!
  • Kim
    Another great one from this great author!
  • Sherri Thacker
    Loved this!! Very touching throughout.
  • Sara
    Thank you to Goodreads Giveaways for the opportunity to read this book in advance.This was so good, I could have read 500 pages more. 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 t...
  • Heather
    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...
  • Julie Anderson
    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.
  • Jenny's Book Bag
    This is a perfect Sunday read. The pacing is what you’d expect and desire in a historical fiction novel. It allows you to settle back and enjoy the story, no rush or desire to be rushed. It was a relaxing and cleansing reading experience that I needed after reading mystery/thrillers and fantasy novels. My first experience with a Christina Baker Kline novel was Orphan Train, which I loved, and was thrilled to hear that she had a new novel out. I...