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Christina Baker Kline

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Willa Cather, Emily Dickinson, May Sarton, Tracy Chevalier

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Christina Baker Kline is the author of New York Times instant bestseller A Piece of the World (2017), about the relationship between the artist Andrew Wyeth and the subject of his best-known painting, Christina’s World. Kline has written six other novels -- Orphan Train, Orphan Train Girl, The Way Life Should Be, Sweet Water, Bird in Hand, and Desire Lines-- and written or edited five works of nonfiction. Her 2013 novel Orphan Train spent more than two years on the New York Times bestseller list, including five weeks at # 1, and was published in 40 countries. More than 100 communities and colleges have chosen it as a “One Book, One Read” selection. Her adaptation of Orphan Train for young readers is Orphan Train Girl (2017). She lives near ...more

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Christina Baker Kline My new novel -- the one I'm working on now! -- is inspired by an iconic American painting, Christina's World, by Andrew Wyeth. It's the story of the…moreMy new novel -- the one I'm working on now! -- is inspired by an iconic American painting, Christina's World, by Andrew Wyeth. It's the story of the woman in the painting. You can see the painting here: https://en.wikipedia.org/wiki/Christi....(less)
Christina Baker Kline My books are all quite different from each other, though my writing style is recognizable (or so people say!). I've been told that Sweet Water is most…moreMy books are all quite different from each other, though my writing style is recognizable (or so people say!). I've been told that Sweet Water is most similar to Orphan Train. It was my first novel. Maybe start there ... (less)
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Orphan Train

4.15 avg rating — 303,858 ratings — published 2013 — 70 editions
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A Piece of the World

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Sweet Water

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The Way Life Should Be

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Bird in Hand

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Desire Lines

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Orphan Train Girl

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February 2017, Christina Baker Kline
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“I've come to think that's what heaven is- a place in the memory of others where our best selves live on.”
Christina Baker Kline, Orphan Train

“I like the assumption that everyone is trying his best, and we should all just be kind to each other.”
Christina Baker Kline, Orphan Train

“I learned long ago that loss is not only probable but inevitable. I know what it means to lose everything, to let go of one life and find another. And now I feel, with a strange, deep certainty, that it must be my lot in life to be taught that lesson over and over again.”
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