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Christina Baker Kline's latest novel is "A Piece of the World," based on the iconic painting Christina’s World by Andrew Wyeth. Her previous novel, "Orphan Train" was on the New York Times bestseller list for over two years, including five weeks at number one, and was published in 40 countries. More than 100 communities and colleges have chosen it as a “One Book, One Read” selection. She is also the author of "Bird in Hand," "The Way Life Should Be," "Desire Lines," and "Sweet Water." In addition to her five novels, Kline has written and edited five nonfiction books, including "About Face: Women Write about What They See When They Look in the Mirror" (a collection of personal essays, co-edited with Anne Burt) and "The Conversation Begins: Mothers and Daughters Talk about Living Feminism" (co-authored with her mother, Christina Looper Baker).
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 Drew University, 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 supports a number of libraries and other associations in New Jersey and Maine, and is a member of the Advisory Board for Roots & Wings, a nonprofit that provides support for at-risk adolescent and aged-out foster care youth.
Kline lives in an old house in Montclair, New Jersey, with her husband and three sons. She spends as much time as possible in an even older house in Southwest Harbor, Maine.