Thursday, February 23, 2017

TLC Book Tour: A Piece of the World

I liked Orphan Train by Christina Baker Kline a lot.  I absolutely loved A Piece of the World, her newest novel.  This novel rang all my bells.

Kline imagines the life of the woman in Andrew Wyeth's painting, Christina's World, which depicts a woman sitting on a prairie with a house and barn in the distance.

I had no trouble believing Kline's story and becoming involved in Christina's life.

Kline deftly changes the time period in this novel at several points.  Readers meet Christina as a child who has been crippled by an illness.  We witness her fall in love when she is a young woman, daring to believe for a bit that despite her disability she could have a life like other people.  We see her care for her parents and grow old on the farm she has always called home.  

Sometimes I liked Christina, or felt sorry for her, or was disgusted with her bitterness.  Kline made her feel real.

I enjoyed Andrew's visits with Christina and how he was able to tell her story.  

This is a work of fiction that brings the woman in Wyeth's painting to  life.  Kline has knocked it out of the ballpark with this novel, which should quickly become a book club favorite.

Thanks to TLC Books for providing a copy of A Piece of the World for my review.  All opinions expressed are, as always, my own.

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Ti said...

This book was pitched to my book club for our yearly selection meeting and quickly shot down. I read Orphan Train but wasn't wowed by it. I guess the others had similar feelings to shoot it down so quickly.

Heather J @ TLC Book Tours said...

I love the idea of an author being so inspired by a work of art that she writes an entire story about it. That to me is what art should do - truly inspire.

Thanks for being a part of the tour!