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
Number of pages320 pages
GenreHistorical Fiction, Fiction, Art, Historical, Adult Fiction, Adult

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...
  • 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...
  • 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. ...
  • 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 Christian, 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 Christian found her world ...
  • Linda O'Donnell
    "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 ...
  • 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...
  • 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...
  • 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...
  • 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!
  • 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...
  • Sherri Thacker
    Loved this!! Very touching throughout.
  • Laurie - The Baking Bookworm
    3.5 STARS - After reading and absolutely loving Baker Kline's book, The Orphan Train, three years ago, I was more than a little excited to read her next book. As with Orphan Train, Baker Kline has done a tremendous amount of research - this time featuring New England, Andrew Wyeth and two eras, 1917-1918 and post WWII. She pulls her readers into the small world inhabited by Christina Olson, the woman who inspired the iconic Wyeth painting "Christ...
  • Deb
    Probably 4.5 stars total but rounding up to 5 stars because I enjoyed it so much. This book caught me by surprise with how absorbing it was and just how much I liked it. I have read and enjoyed Christina Baker Kline's previous books with the big exception of her most well-known, The Orphan Train (don't ask me why--I have a copy that never seems to quite make it to the top of my TBR pile), so I expected to find a well-told story, but it was so muc...
  • Sue Dix
    I have a book hangover. Reading this book, time seemed to fly and before I knew it, I was at the end. I almost want to go back to the beginning and start again. It is well written and haunting and beautiful.
  • Amy
    3-1/2 starsA Piece of the World was my favorite prize from attending the ALA Midwinter Convention. It was the only ARC I brought home that was already on my To Read list. I loved Christina Baker Kline’s Orphan Train and had been awaiting her latest release. I’m very happy to have been given the chance to read it before it is released in a few weeks. The mood of this novel is mostly melancholy. Inspired and imagined from the Andrew Wyeth paint...
  • NancyL Luckey
    A beautiful book based on Andrew Wyeth's painting: Christina's World. Generations of a stubborn family lives on ancestral property in Cushing, Maine. Christina being just as stubborn as her mother, father and grandmother. Why they don't take this gorgeous property and update it is beyond me. Instead, they live without running water, electricity, telephone. I lived this life with them - every part of this book is so real. I loved it!
  • Asheley
    Andrew Wyeth is my favorite artist and his painting Christina's World is my favorite of his work, so when I found out about this book it shot to the top of my most-anticipated list. And I loved this book so much. I wish I could read it again for the first time. Author Christina Baker Kline took the girl that is seated in the front of the painting, with her back turned to the viewer, and gave us her story. The book is set from the 1910's to the 19...
  • Sue
    This was a beautifully written book about someone who spent their entire life in one small piece of the world but left a legacy that has been seen all over the world.Christina Olson is born and lives her entire life in a farmhouse in Cushing, Maine. When she was young, the house was full of her brothers, her parents and her grandmother. It was a working farm and there were always chores to be done and mischief to get into with her brothers. When ...
  • Julie
    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.
  • Carie
    Orphan Train is one of my all time favorite books. Ms. Kline's novel, A Piece of the World, is beautifully written but lacks the pace of Orphan Train. About 80 pages in, I had to do a bit of research about this book as I was unsure where the story line was taking me. After reading about the painting, "Christina's World", I had a better understanding of the book. Again, the pace was slow but the characters were endearing. As with Orphan Train, Ms....
  • Mainlinebooker
    When I was in eighth grade I fell in love with A.Wyeth's painting of Christina's World. I had a copy of the painting prominently placed above my beds and felt I had a special relationship with her. I had a catalogue of all the pictures that Wyeth had painted at her house with her and her brother. Therefore, I really looked forward to reading Kline's meticulously researched yet fictional account of her life. That said, I wished I had liked it more...
  • Kelley
    Novel received courtesy of Goodreads.com First Reads GiveawayI have been seeing this novel pop-up on lots of lists and was so glad when I won a hardback copy on Goodreads. I had no idea what it was going to be about until I opened it and read the inside cover. This piece of historical fiction is a blend of fact and fiction dealing with Andrew Wyeth's famous painting, "Christina's World".I am not knowledgeable about art but this is a painting I've...
  • Rose
    At first I wasn't a fan of this book, but as I stuck with it, I liked it more. Mainly because I can identify with Christina in so many ways. If you don't live with a chronic illness, you can't empathize with her to bring her character more alive.
  • Jennifer Pritchard
    This was really good and I gave it 5 stars. I love the way Ms Kline tells a story and I just didn't want to put it down. I felt connected to the story and was right in the middle of Christian's world from page one. I will definitely read another by this author.
  • Stephanie Cowart
    Best book I have read this year! So good! I was utterly transported into Christina's world and loved every minute. Highly recommended!!
  • Jackie Keller
    This thing sucked me in from the first page. Incredible book. The best I have read in a long time. I am an instant Christina Baker Kline fan now, and will seek out her work when I need a breath of fresh air. First off, I was drawn to this book because of the subject matter. I had not read this author before, but I knew this painting and was excited to read a historical fiction novel about it. I first saw the painting "Christina's World" in Drawin...
  • Leslie Lindsay
    A fictional memoir inspired by Andrew Wyeth's famous painting, "Christina's World," A PIECE OF THE WORLD is lucid, well-told, and highly transportive. I have a thing with art. Be it writing, reading, visual art, music, even nature, I'm swept away with the creative magic that appears at the hands of an artist. When those worlds collide, as they do in Christina Baker Kline's A PIECE OF THE WORLD, my heart sings. "Christina's World" hung at my great...
  • Good Book Fairy
    Visit www.goodbookfairy.com for more like this! A Piece Of The World is a written portrayal of life in Cushing, Maine and the inspiration behind much of famed American artist, Andrew Wyeth’s work. It’s a beautiful and peaceful book, written very much in the spirit of Wyeth’s signature regionalist American art. It’s a quiet book with a somewhat melancholy feel, yet I was completely entranced with the story.Christina and her brother Al, sub...