Afternoon Book Discussion Group

The Dighton Library’s Afternoon Book group is meeting Thursday, January 25 at 4:00 to discuss A Piece of the World by Christina Baker Kline. Copies of this book are available at the library. Pick up February’s book while you are here!

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From Publishers Weekly:  “The  world  of  the  woman immortalized in Andrew Wyeth’s haunting painting Christina’s World  is imagined in Kline’s (Orphan Train) intriguing novel. The  artist meets Christina Olson in 1939 when he summers near her home in Cushing, Maine, introduced by Betsy James, the  young woman who knew the  Olsons and would become Wyeth’s wife.

The  story is told from Christina’s point of  view, from the  moment she reflects on the  painting; it then goes back and forth through her history, from her childhood through the  time that Wyeth painted at her family farm, using its environs and Christina and her brother as subjects. First encountering Christina as a  middle-aged woman, Wyeth saw something in her that others did not.

Their shared bond of  physical infirmity (she had undiagnosed polio; he had a  damaged right foot and bad hip) enables her to open up about her family and her difficult life, primarily as a  shut-in, caring for her family, cooking, cleaning, sewing, and doing laundry—all without electricity and despite her debilitating disease. Hope of  escape, when her teacher offers her the  chance to take her place, was summarily quashed by her father. Her first and only romance with a  summer visitor from Boston has an ignoble end when he marries someone in his social class. Through it all, the  author’s insightful, evocative prose brings Christina’s singular perspective and indomitable spirit to life. (Feb.) –Staff (Reviewed 12/19/2016) (Publishers Weekly, vol 263, issue 51, p)”