Why our staff love A Piece of the World:
This novel pulls you into the frame of the iconic painting Christina’s World, to fully experience its emotional and physical struggle, bound by the tension of hope and the beauty of poetry and landscape. An unsentimental but fiercely moving depiction of an indomitable woman ideal for fans of Girl with a Pearl Earring and All the Light We Cannot See.
For decades, Christina Olson’s whole world has been a rocky, windswept point on the coast of Maine, the farmhouse her ancestors fled to from the Salem witch trials.
A world she fears she will never leave. As a girl, farm life asked more of Christina than it did her family, her wasting limbs turning every task into a challenge.
But the very tenacity that strengthened her may dash her chances for a life beyond her chores and extinguish her hopes for love.
Years pass and Christina’s solitude is broken by the arrival of Andrew Wyeth, a young artist who is fixated on the isolated farm house. In Christina he will discover more than a kindred spirit; for him, she will become a muse like no other…
From the bestselling author of Orphan Train comes a luminous portrait of a woman of grit and grace, as heartwarming as it is gripping.
A story that allows the reader to marvel at Andrew Wyeth’s iconic portrait from the other side.
‘Graceful, moving and powerful . . . a wonderful story that seems to have been waiting, all this time, for Kline to come along and tell it’ - Michael Chabon