A Piece of the World is the latest from bestselling Orphan Train author Christina Baker Kline. It’s a surprisingly lively novel about Christina Olson, the real disabled Maine farmgirl immortalized in Andrew Wyeth’s painting Christina’s World. It’s a zippy read; unlike many midcentury farm romances, this one mostly sidesteps the platitudes too commonly found when writers tackle pastoral New England. In my seventh grade English class we actually had to study the painting and then write short stories about Christina; I bet they didn’t tell us that Christina was actually a real person.
Editorial note: The general purview of Law And Order Party is Rhode Island and adjacent border towns. Stonington, right on the other side of Westerly, stretches west to the Mystic River. The Mystic Museum of Art is actually on the river, just on the far bank.