I loved Christina Baker Kline’s novel Orphan Train. This book puts her permanently in my favorite authors file. An insightful and poignant historical novel, A Piece of the World take Andrew Wyeth’s painting “Christina’s World” and imagines the woman behind the tempera. Crippled as a child from an, at that time, unknown disease Christina Olson tells us her story with both pride and humility. She breathes in our faces. She is not the only one. This book is not full of characters – it is peopled. They live in a beautifully realized landscape as moody and distinct at Wyeth’s painting. I will miss them now that I’m done with the book. But then, like “Christina’s World” I can always visit them again. Thank goodness!