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Friday, December 12, 2014
Consummate Storyteller: Christina Baker Kline
Thanks to her runaway
hit Orphan Train, Christina Baker
Kline’s first four novels have been re-released compete with snappy new cover
artwork. Sweet Water was first,
followed by Bird in Hand, Desire Lines
and The Way Life Should Be.
“Giving my older
novels new life has been a thrill,” says Christina who writes her novels in
longhand. Yet, despite all her accomplishments including selling more than 1.5
million copies of Orphan Train, and spending
many weeks on the New York Times best seller list, her most famous book — about
a modern foster child and an orphaned Irish immigrant — has resonated deeply
with readers many of whom have experienced similar situations. Their passion for the book has accounted for
the astounding 180 Orphan Train promotional
events Christina has participated in.
The experience has
left Christina encouraged about the state of publishing. A drastically changed
industry, she feels a new energy in the novel, noting that books are being
enjoyed in a variety of forms and there many exciting independent publishers
such as She Writes Press, a platform for female writers. “It feels like there’s
all this creative synergy around reading,” says Christina. “People are craving
good books to read.”
which continues to amaze her, came at a particularly important time: soon after
the death of her mother and her own treatment for breast cancer.
Her next novel, an
ambitious work based on Andrew Wyeth’s painting, Christina’s World, is scheduled for release in spring 2015. http://christinabakerkline.com/