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A Piece of the World Audiobook

A Piece of the World: A Novel

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Publisher's Summary

From the New York Times best-selling author of the smash best seller Orphan Train, a stunning and atmospheric novel of friendship, passion, and art, inspired by Andrew Wyeth's mysterious and iconic painting Christina's World.

"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 20 years, she was host to and inspiration for the artist Andrew Wyeth and became the subject of one of the best known American paintings of the 20th century.

As she did in her beloved smash best seller 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.

©2017 Christina Baker Kline (P)2017 HarperCollins Publishers

What the Critics Say

"Kline paints a Christina just as evocative and memorable as Wyeth's. Stone does the best possible thing in her performance; she becomes invisible, letting this remarkably imagined Christina live and shine." (AudioFile)

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    Poppy Bryan, Texas United States 03-04-17
    Poppy Bryan, Texas United States 03-04-17 Member Since 2017
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    "Wyeth's Vision Comes to Life"

    I've admired A Wyeth's work since I can remember. Often, I have gazed on "Christina's World" and been drawn into the house upon the hill, but inside I can't make out anything in the shadows.

    This novel, although partially fictitious, has cleared some of the shadows, and my mind's eye can make out faint glimpses of what Christina in this painting might be seeing. The painting has always left me with the feeling that she sees much more than what is readily apparent in the image.

    This book is well written, the story impeccably and intricately woven scenes that connect the past to the future, connect one life to another, connect Christina Olsen to Andrew Wyeth.

    8 of 8 people found this review helpful
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    Katy 03-06-17
    Katy 03-06-17 Member Since 2013
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    "Beautifully nostalgic"

    I was completely mesmerized listening to this creative story told by a talented narrator. Being actively involved in researching my ancestry I felt like his could have been the story of one of my relatives born in the same area and time as this charming character portrayed in Andrew Wyeth's painting. I honestly don't think I can look at a painting again without imagining it's rich back-story . Sigh.

    4 of 5 people found this review helpful
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    April Hevener 03-01-17
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    "Wonderful book"

    I have always been fascinated by this painting. My Mother told me about it and I found an article about Christina in Readers Digest. This book I know was both fact and fiction, but it was not that far from the truth. It is on the wall in my living room. Something so special about it that really touched me. A lot of people find it disturbing, but life isn't a great place for everyone. A good read!

    4 of 5 people found this review helpful
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    Patricia Ross 02-26-17 Member Since 2016
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    "Absolutely Wonderful!"

    I listened for hours on end. Thank you Christina Baker kline, for painting a picture as did Andy.

    7 of 10 people found this review helpful
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    sue d. 03-07-17
    sue d. 03-07-17 Member Since 2015
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    "A piece of my world"

    This book was boring and not like her other books . Very disappointing . I would not recommend this book to anyone.

    6 of 9 people found this review helpful
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    Sierra Red Loyalton, CA, US 04-11-17
    Sierra Red Loyalton, CA, US 04-11-17 Member Since 2017
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    "By the end it was tedious"

    I found Christina to be stubborn willful selfpitying and selfish especially in regard to expectations from her brother Alvaro. That's how I came to see her character.

    4 of 6 people found this review helpful
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    NMwritergal 03-11-17
    NMwritergal 03-11-17
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    "It took me a couple of hours to get into the story"

    ...and I almost quit listening because I found the main character so flat--both from the outside and her inner thoughts, which seem devoid of any emotion for the first couple of hours.

    Gradually, the main characters in the novel seem to become much better developed and Christina finally has emotion and depth. And the story, which had not interested me before, began to interest me. Though, frankly, I really didn't care about the Wyeth part of the story and would have liked to.

    Ten years ago I probably would have really liked this novel, but the story is rather sad. Nothing very good or positive happens to the characters. In the end, it is a story of perseverance, however, which was enough for "3 stars--I liked it."

    4 of 6 people found this review helpful
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    abby11 11-15-17
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    "Enjoyable read."

    The story is aptly titled. It is about a piece of one family’s world and their acceptance of what life wrought for them. They do not harbor “what if’s”. Good read. Loved the Orphan Train by same author.

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    Dorothy Sabarese Hopatcong, NJ USA 11-13-17
    Dorothy Sabarese Hopatcong, NJ USA 11-13-17 Member Since 2017
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    "Unexpected"

    The behind the scenes story of Andrew Wyeth's famous painting, Christina's World, was totally unexpected. Art is something we guess at it's meaning or internalize what it means to us as individuals. But the real story is always the best if we get the opportunity to hear it. Wonderfully written, this book tells us that story.

    0 of 0 people found this review helpful
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    Robin Celeste Moore Mt. Juliet, TN United States 11-12-17
    Robin Celeste Moore Mt. Juliet, TN United States 11-12-17 Member Since 2015
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    "Main Character Isn’t Likeable"

    If you enjoy the melodrama of chores and a main character who is her own worst enemy, this is for you. I kept waiting for it to get better, but it never did. Disappointing read, especially after The Orphan Tale.

    0 of 0 people found this review helpful

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