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A Piece of the World is worth the read

A review by Stacy Roy

A Piece of the World is a historical fiction story set in the 1900s written by Christina Baker Kline.

This is a heartwarming story of the struggles and heart break of a severely handicapped woman by the name of Christina Olson. Christina lives a very quiet life in a farmhouse set in Maine. The same farmhouse that she once shared with her parents and siblings that at one time had taken very good care of her. Christina’s parents eventually grow old and pass, while all her siblings but one, grow up and move on, leaving her mostly on her own. One hot summer day there is a knock on her door, it’s the famous painter Andrew Wyeth. The two quickly become lifelong friends. At some point in the friendship Andrew asks Christina if he may paint a portrait of her, the result of the famous painting “Christina’s World.”

This was a wonderful story that will touch your heart, definitely worth the read. I really enjoyed learning about the artist and the background behind his painting. If you're interested, you can find Andrew Wyeth’s painting “Christina’s World” in The Museum of Modern Art in New York City. You may find this e-book on both Hoopla and Overdrive. If you prefer to listen to the audiobook, you may find it on Hoopla. The audiobook is 8hrs and 2 minutes long, read by Polly Stone.

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