The author of THE ORPHAN TRAIN has written an exceptional novel based on the real life of the title subject of Andrew Wyeth’s painting Christina’s World.
With alternating timeline chapters she has painted an historically accurate portrait of Christina’s family life and medical issues. Her meeting and subsequent relationship with Andrew Wyeth culminates in her being chosen for his famous portrait.
A fan of Wyeth’s paintings, I always wondered of Christina’s backstory. The author had done an excellent job of personalizing her.
From the publisher:
“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.”