Kristin reviews A Piece of the World by Christina Baker Kline, a historical novel inspired by Andrew Wyeth’s mysterious and iconic painting Christina’s World.
"At last, #1 NEW YORK TIMES bestselling author of Orphan Train returns with another beautiful story that will capture both your mind and heart! In this novel, Christina Baker Kline reinterprets Andrew Wyeth’s mysterious, yet iconic, painting Christina’s World. You may be familiar with this compelling painting, in which a ghostly-looking farmhouse sits on the distant horizon in a field of yellow-green grass, while in the foreground a dark-haired woman in a pale pink dress seems to be crawling towards the house. If you haven’t seen this painting before, than prepare to be hypnotized by it, as this highly talented author decides to turn the face of this helpless looking woman in the painting towards the reader. Additionally, I was struck by how much this novel reminded me of stories I have heard about my family and their way of life from generations long ago. It was a different world back then compared to the world we inhabit now for both good and bad reasons, but this novel highlights the tremendous importance of human connection and what modern technologies have done to improve life. It also shows us how we all desperately need to find people that appreciate us fully, including our faults or medical conditions, to enhance and inspire our lives. This novel is a lovely addition to the authors’ previous works and you will find yourself flying through the pages of this story about family history, the houses that build us and how an artist and his muse can come together in the most unlikely of places."
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