Book Review: A Piece of the World by Christina Baker Kline

This story is based on Andrew Wyeth’s painting “Christina’s World”. Christina was a real-life woman that became Andrew Wyeth’s thirty year muse as he visited her again and studied her world. In this fictionalized memoir in Christina’s perspective, her disability (true) and family history of descendants from the Salem witch trials ensures her world will not develop much past the bounds of her home. This was a very difficult read for me, a disabled woman. Seeing the opportunities that were not there during this time and seeing the feelings and thoughts I have put into black and white on pages for all to see brought more than a few tears to my eyes. I felt raw and exposed as I became influenced to adapt Christina’s quote, “you showed me what no one else could see,” as my own. Featured in the Once Upon a Book Club 2019 Advent box, I noticed other purchasers found this book exceedingly dull, slow moving, and some were unmotivated to finish. Because this is based on a real life person (though fictionalized), and the painting is one you are bound to see again, I recommend seeing this through. Take the opportunity to see the limited life of one disabled woman and gain insight into the lives that many others live even today.

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