A Piece of the World
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.

"Later he told me that he’d been afraid to show me the painting. He thought I wouldn’t like the way he portrayed me: dragging myself across the field, fingers clutching dirt, my legs twisted behind. The arid moonscape of wheatgrass and timothy. That dilapidated house in the distance, looming up like a secret that won’t stay hidden."

To Christina Olson, the entire world was her family’s remote farm in the small coastal town of Cushing, Maine. Born in the home her family had lived in for generations, and increasingly incapacitated by illness, Christina seemed destined for a small life. Instead, for more than twenty years, she was host and inspiration for the artist Andrew Wyeth, and became the subject of one of the best known American paintings of the twentieth century.

As she did in her beloved smash bestseller Orphan Train, Christina Baker Kline interweaves fact and fiction in a powerful novel that illuminates a little-known part of America’s history. Bringing into focus the flesh-and-blood woman behind the portrait, she vividly imagines the life of a woman with a complicated relationship to her family and her past, and a special bond with one of our greatest modern artists.

Told in evocative and lucid prose, A Piece of the World is a story about the burdens and blessings of family history, and how artist and muse can come together to forge a new and timeless legacy.

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  • Katie
    Feb 16, 2017


    A piece of the world is written beautifully. It made me feel both melancholic and wistful. Christina is a very strong protagonist. She has a debilitating paralysis in her legs which has kept her from living a mostly normal life. She is in constant worry about the inevitable decline of ...

  • Sheryle Horsley
    Feb 15, 2017

    Sheryle Horsley

    Loved, loved, loved this book!! Could not put it down!A gripping story, the consequences of the choices we make in our lives and how one choice could change everything. You can look back at your life and wondered if you did the right thing and finding happiness with what you have. We a...

  • Darlene Franklin
    Feb 12, 2017

    Darlene Franklin

    I won this book in a Goodreads giveaway. The best book I have read this year; real people, art, history, New England, beautiful description and expressive understanding words of life, its struggles, joys, loves, sadnesses. I learned, appreciated, and became a part of Christina's world ...

  • Deborah
    Feb 12, 2017


    I have long loved the work of artists N.C., Andrew, and Jamie Wyeth and have made several visits to the Brandywine River Museum of Art in Chadds Ford, PA to see their collection. I have yet to visit the Wyeth farm and studios there, but that's on my to do list. So I was quite looking f...

  • Kaitlyn Wright
    Feb 11, 2017

    Kaitlyn Wright

    This book was wonderful. I had never read anything by this author before, and had no idea what to expect. I received this book in the mail yesterday, and finished it today. It perfectly encapsulates human emotions. It takes us through Christinas life and shows us how she loves, how she...

  • Carol
    Feb 10, 2017


    I won an advance copy of this book from Goodreads, so thank you!This is was my first book I read of this author, and it was worth all the praises everyone is singing.I live in Pennsylvania, not far from Chester County, which is where the Wyeth's are from, so it was interesting to hear ...

  • Julie Barnard
    Feb 8, 2017

    Julie Barnard

    What a wonderful book! This is without a doubt the best I've read in a while. It's beautifully written with haunting characters and a story that stays with you when you finish. I think it would be a great book to read and discuss in a book group. ...

  • Karen
    Feb 7, 2017


    I was fortunate enough to receive an early copy of this book. I absolutely loved The Orphan Train and looked forward eagerly to this book. It did not disappoint! What a lovely story about an iconic American painting--I felt as though I were there growing upWith Christina. Such an amazi...

  • Amy
    Feb 4, 2017


    3-1/2 starsA Piece of the World was my favorite prize from attending the ALA Midwinter Convention. It was the only ARC I brought home that was already on my To Read list. I loved Christina Baker Kline’s Orphan Train and had been awaiting her latest release. I’m very happy to ...

  • Sue Seligman
    Feb 4, 2017

    Sue Seligman

    I recently won an advanced copy of this latest novel by Christina Baker Kline, author of Orphan Train, in a goodreads giveaway. The book is about the artist, Andrew Wyeth, and the subject of his famous painting, Christina's World. The focus of the story is Christina Olson, who we meet ...