Title: A Piece of the World
Author: Christina Baker Kline
Page Numbers: 320 pages
Rating: 4 out of 5 stars
A Piece of the World by Christina Baker Kline was one of those reads that gets right to the heart of you and latches on. A literary squid of a novel, I really couldn’t put it down.
I felt intensely Christina’s yearning for someone to want to put in the effort to understand her and accept her for who and what she was, warts and all, and the loneliness and isolation that followed. Her whole life, all she wanted was one person to accept and love her despite or even because of her flaws, only to be continually disappointed. That kind of heartbreak has a permanent effect on a person, and it’s no wonder it was hard for her to let go of those she loved.
I was unaware going in that this novel was based on a true story, which the author discovered through the chance encounter of a painting. The painting is of Christina, a lonely, misshapen figure that inspired the author to find out more. What follows is Christina’s life and the lives of her close family.
Her story was heartbreaking and sad, with tiny glimpses of content and small doses of happiness that had to be enough. Her sadness probably hit a little too close to home to read on the train in full view of the public.