The Boston Public Library is pleased to welcome CHRISTINA KLINE, author of the new novel Piece of the World. The book explores the life of Christina Olson, lifelong resident of Maine, sufferer of polio, and icon of American History. Olson was the subject of the Andrew Wyeth painting Christina’s World. But behind the image was a real woman: descendant of a long line of New England whalers, born in the house in which she would die, and yet determined to live a life undefined by her illness.
Kline is the author of five novels, including Orphan Train, The Way Life Should Be, Sweet Water, Bird in Hand, and Desire Lines. She was born in Cambridge, England, and raised there as well as in the American South and Maine.
Certain books were “banned in Boston” at least as far back as 1651, when one William Pynchon wrote a book criticizing Puritanism.