“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.”
When I heard that Christina Baker Kline was coming out with a new book I was excited, not only because I loved Orphan Train, but also because of where the story was taking place. Her most recent book, A Part of the World, takes place in Cushing. This is small town near Rockport and a place that I have visited many times because Andrew’s grandmother has lived there her entire life. His dad still likes to tell people that he mowed the lawn of the Wyeth’s growing up.
The book explores the Olson family and the relationship that they had with the famous painter, Andrew Wyeth. His painting “Christina’s World” , is based on Christina Olson posing in the tall grass in her pink dress. It was beautifully written and it had me wondering throughout the story, what was fact and what was fiction. I definitely recommend it, especially if you’re from Maine!
The next time we venture up that way for a visit we may need to take a detour to the Olson House!