Christina Baker Kline is the author of instant New York Times 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.
In addition to her novels, Kline has commissioned and edited two widely praised collections of original essays on the first year of parenthood and raising young children, Child of Mine and Room to Grow, and edited a book on grieving, Always Too Soon. She is coeditor, with Anne Burt, of a collection of personal essays called About Face: Women Write About What They See When They Look in the Mirror, and is co-author, with her mother, Christina Looper Baker, of a book on feminist mothers and daughters, The Conversation Begins. Her essays, articles, and reviews have appeared in The New York Times, the San Francisco Chronicle, Money, More, and Psychology Today, among other places.
Kline was born in Cambridge, England, and raised there as well as in the American South and Maine. She is a graduate of Yale, Cambridge, and the University of Virginia, where she was a Henry Hoyns Fellow in Fiction Writing. She has taught fiction and nonfiction writing, poetry, English literature, literary theory, and women’s studies at Yale, NYU, and the University of Virginia, and served as Writer-in-Residence at Fordham University for four years. She is a recipient of several Geraldine R. Dodge Foundation Fellowships and Writer-in-Residence Fellowships at the Virginia Center for the Creative Arts. She is on the advisory board of Roots & Wings, a foster-care organization in NJ; The Criterion Theatre in Bar Harbor, ME; and the Montclair Animal Shelter, and supports a number of libraries and other associations.
Kline lives in an old house in Montclair, New Jersey, with her husband, David Kline, and three sons, Hayden, Will, and Eli. She spends as much time as possible in an even older house in Southwest Harbor, Maine.
Interviews with Christina Baker Kline:
- Maine Public Radio, Maine Author Brings Andrew Wyeth’s ‘Christina’s World’ to Life (ME) 3/2017
- The Boston Globe,“Breathing New Life into the Tale of a Disabled Girl and a Painter in Rural Maine” 2/2017
- The Montclair Local, “Montclair’s Christina Baker Kline talks Christina” (NJ) 3/2017
- The Portland Press Herald, “The Work of Recreating ‘Christina’s World'” (ME) 8/2017
- The San Diego Union-Tribune, “Novelist Spins Story from Famous Painting” (CA) 3/2017
- Dallas News, “‘Orphan Train’ author Christina Baker Kline on her newest: ‘I felt like it almost killed me'” (TX) 4/2017
- New Jersey Monthly, “A Famous “World” –Revisited in Christina Baker Kline” (NJ) 2/2017
- The Ellsworth American, “Wyeth’s iconic painting inspires bestselling novel” (ME) 4/2017
- Greenville Journal, “The story behind Wyeth’s most iconic painting gets told” (SC) 3/2017
- Bangor Daily News, “Bangor native uses Maine’s most iconic painting as inspiration for novel” (ME) 3/2016
- The Fordham Observer, “Inside the Mind of Christina Baker Kline” (Fordham student newspaper, NY) 3/2017
- The Columbus Dispatch, “Thurber House speaker’s book imagines life of girl in iconic Wyeth painting” (OH) 2/2017
- Omnivoracious, The Amazon Book Review, “The Mystery Woman in the Field: Kristin Hannah Asks Christina Baker Kline About “A Piece of the World”” 2/2017
- Leslie Lindsay, “Wednesdays with Writers: Ever wondered who that girl was in the famed Andrew Wyeth American painting? Christina Baker Kline tackles that and more in her gloriously written imagined memoir A PIECE OF THE WORLD“ 4/2017
- Deborah Kalb Books, “Q&A with Christina Baker Kline” 3/2017
- Nuvo: Indy’s alternative voice, “A painter’s subject, written to life” (IN) 4/2017
- Cavalier Daily, “In Conversation with Christina Baker Kline” (UVA student newspaper, VA) 3/2017
- Laura Nicole Diamond “Meet the Author: Christina Baker Kline” 2/2017
- SCAD District, “Christina Baker Kline Discusses Writing and New Book” (Savannah College of Arts and Design student newspaper, GA) 2/2017
- Goodreads, “Christina Baker Kline’s Favorite Novels on Hardship and Resilience” 2/2017
- Hasty Book List, “Author Interview: Christina Baker Kline“ 6/2017
- The Daily Progress, “Painting of ‘the embodiment of human strength’ inspired fictional memoir” (VA) 3/2017
- Good Reading, Author Profile: Christina’s World (Aus) 3/2017
- SCAD District, “Christina Baker Kline Gives Readers ‘A Piece of the World’” (Savannah College of Arts and Design student newspaper, GA) 2/2017
*This information was accessed from christinabakerkline.com