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A Piece of the World: A Novel by Christina Baker Kline

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From the #1 New York Times bestselling author of the smash bestseller Orphan Train, a stunning and atmospheric novel of friendship, passion, and art, inspired by Andrew Wyeth’s mysterious and iconic painting Christina’s World.



  • This book had some really heartbreaking moments, but I think the author wanted to highlight the main character's resilience and unwavering spirit, despite her health challenges and the hardships she faced. The author did a fantastic job of providing insights into what life was like in rural parts of the United States during World War 1 and 2.
  • I've got to say, this story is hands down the most depressing one I've ever come across. I just can't wrap my head around it, you know? I gave it a fair shot and listened to almost the entire thing, but I just couldn't bring myself to finish it.
  • A Piece of the World: A Novel is the kind of book that you absolutely adore and wish it could go on forever. You can't help but be captivated by the Olsen family and their challenging yet authentic existence in Maine. The intriguing dynamics between the well-to-do summer visitors and the resilient locals weave a captivating social tapestry. I highly recommend this fantastic read for cozying up on a chilly winter day or enjoying on a distant beach.
  • The characters in 'A Piece of the World: A Novel' are well-developed, but the plot itself lacks significant events. However, the conclusion is quite fulfilling, particularly for those who are acquainted with the painting.
  • The story is incredibly captivating, the writing is beautifully crafted, and the narration is spot-on, all coming together to make Christina's World one of the most amazing books I've ever experienced, whether through reading or listening. As a 70-year-old lifelong reader, it's been quite a while since a book has truly captivated me. Sure, I've enjoyed a few here and there, but I had started to wonder if I'd ever truly fall in love with a book again. Well, this book completely blew me away. The author's talent for vividly describing even the smallest details, like the gentle purr of a cat or the complex emotions of Christina, left a deep impact on me. I don't usually shed tears while reading, but I found myself crying multiple times throughout this book. It touched me in so many profound ways. What's even more remarkable is that the author managed to accurately portray the feelings and challenges of living with the same type of degenerative arthritis that I have, which wasn't diagnosed until I was 35. It was the first time I've come across such a precise account of my own struggles with my body. It made the book even more personal and meaningful to me. Beyond the personal connection, I adored the story itself and the depiction of country living. The beauty of nature described in the book deeply moved me, and the fact that it was inspired by Andrew Wyeth's painting added an extra layer of satisfaction, like solving a mystery. Reading this wonderful book reminded me of how incredible it feels to be engrossed in a truly exceptional story. I'm immensely grateful for that reminder.
  • Wyeth's captivating portrayal of Christina's world has mesmerized the public for decades, and this novel delves into the untold story behind the iconic painting. Drawing inspiration from interviews with the painter himself, the author weaves a rich tapestry of conversations and descriptions, lending a profound depth to this work of historical fiction. Personally, I found the narrative absolutely enthralling, as it shed light on the enigmatic subject of the painting, Christina. It truly opened my eyes and deepened my appreciation for this remarkable piece of art. Art enthusiasts and history buffs alike will thoroughly enjoy this book. The only thing I would have liked is an epilogue, exploring the impact of the painting on Wyeth's career and providing closure for the characters. However, I quickly satisfied my curiosity by looking up the details on Wikipedia. I highly recommend readers to do the same, but only after finishing the book, as you wouldn't want to spoil the true story before experiencing it through this entertaining read.
  • I'm a big fan of Orphan Train, and I usually enjoy when real stories are turned into fiction. However, this one didn't quite grab my attention like I hoped. The only thing I can really say is that I managed to finish it.
  • I absolutely adored it. I had it playing while I was on a road trip and let me tell you, it was mind-blowing. I didn't even notice the time passing as I was completely engrossed in the captivating story.
  • I've been through countless audio books, and let me tell you, this one takes the cake for being the absolute worst in terms of narration. It's like listening to a teenager pretending to be a kindergartener reading to a bunch of preschoolers. I initially thought maybe the narrator was trying to sound youthful and give each female character a distinct voice, but sadly, that wasn't the case. All the female characters had these sickeningly sweet voices that made my stomach turn. And let me tell you, when "Betsy" started speaking, I should have just called it quits right then and there. Now, the story itself had a fascinating premise. It revolved around the character who served as the inspiration for "Christina's World" and explored the connection between the main character and her Hawthorne ancestors, as well as her ties to Andrew Wyeth. However, it was a letdown because all the characters lacked depth and felt one-dimensional. If you have any interest in this work, I highly recommend reading the book instead. Maybe if I had imagined more realistic voices in my head, the story would have felt more layered and enjoyable.