Meet Christina Baker Kline with her new novel A Piece of the World at the Brielle Library!
Date: Thursday April 6th
Time: 7:00 PM
Location: Brielle Public Library
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From the #1 New York Times bestselling author of Orphan Train, a stunning and atmospheric novel of friendship, passion, and art, inspired by Andrew Wyeth’s mysterious and iconic painting Christina’s World.
The Event will be a brief discussion and Q&A followed by a signing. This is a free event brought to you by BookTowne and the Brielle Public Library. Books will be on sale the night of the event, but you can also preorder it HERE. A Piece of the World goes on sale 2/21!
About the Book:
“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.
"This depiction of the woman in Andrew Wyeth's Painting Christina's World is incredibly touching and moving. I have loved the works of Andrew Wyeth and this picture among them. Anyone who shares my feelings of this art work cannot help but be totally engaged in Baker Kline's novel. She brings us into Christina's world in such a way that you feel for Christina and her life. It is the unfolding of a masterpiece in hands of a beautiful writer.The Christina of the novel grows up on a farm with the lifestyle of a hard working family whose lives are dependent on the elements. The simple life is hard and particularly hard for a handicapped child. As with most challenges, you deal with them as the norm until you can't anymore. Andrew Wyeth painted Christina and her house many times over 20 years and captured her world at the end. Christina Baker Kline has likewise captured the essence of the painting in her brilliant book.She give life to the painting. I will never look at this moving piece in the same way again. " --Rita
“A PIECE OF THE WORLD is a graceful, moving and powerful demonstration of what can happen when a fearless literary imagination combines with an inexhaustible curiosity about the past and the human heart: a feat of time travel, a bravura improvisation on the theme of art history, a wonderful story that seems to have been waiting, all this time, for Christina Baker Kline to come along and tell it.”
-- Michael Chabon