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Kirtland Community College Library PS 3561 .L564 P54 2017 30775305521339 General Collection Available -

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  • ISBN: 9780062356260
  • ISBN: 0062356267
  • ISBN: 9780062663764
  • ISBN: 9780062685940
  • ISBN: 9780062675507
  • Physical Description: print
    309 pages : color illustration ; 24 cm
  • Edition: First edition.
  • Publisher: New York, NY : William Morrow, an imprint of ... Read More

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To Christina Olson, the entire world was her ... Read More
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Text in English.
Subject: Olson, Christina Fiction
Wyeth, Andrew 1917-2009 Fiction
Wyeth, Andrew 1917-2009 Fiction
Charcot-Marie-Tooth disease Patients Fiction
Paraplegics Fiction
Painters Fiction
Artists' models Fiction
Cushing (Me.) Fiction
Sick Fiction
Genre: Historical fiction.
Biographical fiction.

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A Piece of the World : A Novel
A Piece of the World : A Novel
by Kline, Christina Baker
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Kline (Orphan Train, 2013) takes Andrew Wyeth's iconic and enigmatic painting Christina's World as the inspiration for her new novel. The story knits together the period in the 1940s when Wyeth sets up a studio in an old farmhouse on Hathorne Point in Cushing, Maine, where 46-year-old Christina Olson lives with her brother Alvaro, and where, at age three, she was struck by an illness that seems to mark the onset of her lifelong infirmities. She grows up smart and tenacious but circumscribed by duty and disability, never moving away from the house that appears in Wyeth's picture and is full of her family's past. Her education is cut short because of work to be done at home. A romance with a Harvard student ends in crushing disappointment. There is not much in the way of plot, but 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.--Quinn, Mary Ellen Copyright 2017 Booklist

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The world of the woman immortalized in Andrew Wyeth's haunting painting Christina's World is imagined in Kline's (Orphan Train) intriguing novel. The artist meets Christina Olson in 1939 when he summers near her home in Cushing, Maine, introduced by Betsy James, the young woman who knew the Olsons and would become Wyeth's wife. The story is told from Christina's point of view, from the moment she reflects on the painting; it then goes back and forth through her history, from her childhood through the time that Wyeth painted at her family farm, using its environs and Christina and her brother as subjects. First encountering Christina as a middle-aged woman, Wyeth saw something in her that others did not. Their shared bond of physical infirmity (she had undiagnosed polio; he had a damaged right foot and bad hip) enables her to open up about her family and her difficult life, primarily as a shut-in, caring for her family, cooking, cleaning, sewing, and doing laundry-all without electricity and despite her debilitating disease. Hope of escape, when her teacher offers her the chance to take her place, was summarily quashed by her father. Her first and only romance with a summer visitor from Boston has an ignoble end when he marries someone in his social class. Through it all, the author's insightful, evocative prose brings Christina's singular perspective and indomitable spirit to life. (Feb.) © Copyright PWxyz, LLC. All rights reserved.

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Andrew Wyeth's painting Christina's World is considered to be one of his best works. It features a woman in a pink dress crawling up a grassy hillside toward a stark wood-framed house. The colors are muted and the overall effect is bleak. The painting's namesake was a real person, Christina -Olson, who lived on her family's seaside farm in Maine and suffered from a degenerative condition now believed to be Charcot-Marie-Tooth Disease. In this finely drawn novel, the author of Orphan Train imagines what it was like to be Christina, consigned to a hard life running a farm even as her world gradually shrinks owing to a debilitating and mysterious ailment. Introduced to Wyeth by a family friend, Christina and her home inspire the artist. He visits daily, setting up a studio in an upstairs room. He admires her quick mind and perseverance. She appreciates his artistic talent and that he does not pity her. As Kline pieces together different eras of Christina's life, her word portrait depicts a stubborn, determined woman. VERDICT Kline expertly captures the essence of -Wyeth's iconic masterpiece and its real-life subject, crafting a moving work of historical fiction. [See Prepub Alert, 8/15/16.]--Christine -Perkins, Whatcom Cty. Lib. Syst., -Bellingham, WA © Copyright 2017. Library Journals LLC, a wholly owned subsidiary of Media Source, Inc. No redistribution permitted.

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