“What she wants most— what she truly years for—is what any of us want: to be seen.
And look. She is”
– Christina Baker Kline, A Piece of the World
I have been seeing this book being advertised on Facebook, and I thought that it offers a touching premise. So, imagine my excitement when I was offered an advance copy of this book for review. Thank you so much, William Morrow, an imprint of Harper Collins for this book, I am grateful.
A Piece of the World is a fictional memoir written by Christina Baker Kline, which commemorates painter Andrew Wyeth’s famous work, Christina’s World. The painting itself is a love affair betweenWyeth’s delicate tempera and Christina’s life hurdled by undiagnosed disease perpetualized through a canvas.
Defined by her illness, Christina Olson led a life of what I can say, in utter simplicity. Forced to abandon what could’ve be promising education, cared for a family who sheltered and construed her entire essence by the disease, and left heart broken by lover who promised her the moon and the stars. These, she thought could’ve been her to ticket to witness the world.
Andrew Wyeth’s role throughout the story, though spiradic, provides a great back bone to Christina’s life . Wyeth painted the world a girl in pink dress, crawling her way through the fields of green, facing a farm house- a careful analysis of her mortal struggle, but despite of it all, had accomplished so much.
This story is truly touching and impressive. It teaches us one powerful lesson in life- life’s misfortunes happen, but we do about it defines us a person. Walk, run, crawl, whatever it takes, we have to find our piece of the world.
A Piece of the World of the World by Christina Baker Kline
published by: William Morrow, an imprint of Harper Collins