The inscrutable figure in the foreground of Wyeth's Christina's World is our American Mona Lisa, and Christina Baker Kline has pulled back the veil to imagine her rich story. Tender [and] tragic., With delicate palette, stark images, subtle tones, nuanced brushstrokes, and consummate craftsmanship, Christina Baker Kline has written this novel the way Andrew Wyeth painted the canvas. It is a masterpiece., A novel about not just art, but family and home - things that last, and what it takes for them to do so., "Readers will savor the quotidian details that compose Christina's 'quiet country life.' Orphan Train was a best-seller and popular book-discussion choice, so expect demand."-, With beautiful and stunning prose, the novel explores the sensitive and complex bond between artist and muse against the beauty of the rural American landscape., Fans of Kline's phenomenal 2013 best seller Orphan Train will recognize the way the new novel...brings to vivid life a little-known corner of history...Avoiding sentimental uplift, A Piece of the World offers unsparing insight into the real woman behind the painting., A brilliantly imagined fictional memoir of the woman in the famed Wyeth painting 'Christina's World,' so detailed, moving, and utterly transportive that I'll never be able to look at the painting again without thinking of this book and the characters who populate its pages., With remarkable precision and compassion, A PIECE OF THE WORLD transports us to a mid-century farmhouse on the coast of Maine. But just like the painting that inspired it, this gorgeous novel is about so much more. Heartbreaking and life-affirming.", Kline's portrait of her main character is moving in an unsentimental way as she evokes the New England landscape, the torment of crippling disease, and the piece of history embodied in Olson's story., Who has not gazed on Wyeth's picture and wondered, why does that girl have so very far to go'... A pure, powerful story of suffering met with a fight. In fiction, in her quiet way, Christina triumphs--and so does this novel., Like Wyeth's paintings, this is a vivid novel about hardscrabble lives and prairie grit and the seemingly small but significant beauties found there., Another winner from the author of Orphan Train. In this beautifully observed fictional memoir, Kline uses Andrew Wyeths' iconic painting Christina's World as the taking-off point for a moving portrait of the artist's real-life muse. Book of the week., The novel provides gorgeous, complicated answers to all the questions the painting stirs, beginning with the day a young painter appears on her porch. Kline has created a memorable and unforgettable voice for Anna Christina Olson, the girl in the field., Skillfully interweaving fact and fiction, Kline creates a starkly lovely, intricately layered portrait...By turns profoundly sad and deeply hopeful., The novel evokes the somber grace of [Wyeth's] paintings â€¦ Christina's yearning, her determination, her will to dream, occupy the emotional center in both the novel and the painting. A PIECE OF THE WORLD is a story for those who want the mysterious made real., Andrew Wyeth's celebrated painting Christina's World has her back to the viewer, but Kline turns her to face the reader, simultaneously equipping her with a back story and a lyrical voice...A character portrait that is painterly, sensuous, and sympathetic., Absorbing...A portrait of Maine farm life, of an iron-willed spinster with polio and the accidental friendship that changes everything...Kline has a graceful, arresting style that lifts the narrative, and her portrayal of Andy leavens the entire story., 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., Kline expertly captures the essence of Wyeth's iconic masterpiece and its real-life subject, crafting a moving work of historical fiction|9780062356277|, Kline herself is an artist, drawing on the real history of Christina Olson and Andrew Wyeth to conjure up her own haunting portrait.... Kline's deep research into characters, place, and time period provides the outlines of a compelling story, which she then expertly brings into three dimensions., Kline's gift is to dispense with the fustiness and fact-clogged drama that can weigh down some historical novels to tell a pure, powerful story of suffering met with a fight. In fiction, in her quiet way, Christina triumphs - and so does this novel., [Kline's] insightful, evocative prose brings Christina's singular perspective and indomitable spirit to life., Superb...The beauty of Kline's writing and her grasp of her characters is such that at first you want to sink into this book like a warm bath....Gentle and profound, A Piece of the World shows the healing power of simple, unexpected friendship.