Author Profile

Christina Baker Kline

Christina Baker Kline

Christina Baker Kline is the author of five novels. Her most recent novel, Orphan Train, has spent more than two years on the New York Times bestseller list, including five weeks at # 1, and has been published in 38 countries. More than 100 communities and colleges have chosen it as a "One Book, One Read" selection. Her other novels include The Way Life Should Be, Sweet Water, Bird in Hand, and Desire Lines. Christina's new novel, A PIECE OF THE WORLD, about the relationship between the artist Andrew Wyeth and his subject Christina Olson, was published February 14, 2017.

In addition to her fiction, Kline is co-author, with her mother, Christina Looper Baker, of a book on feminist mothers and daughters, The Conversation Begins, and the editor of four nonfiction anthologies. Her essays, articles, and reviews have appeared in The New York Times, the San Francisco Chronicle, Money, More, and Psychology Today, among other places. She 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.


"Ms. Baker Kline's visit here was wonderful for us! She is a most generous spirit and a fantastic speaker. The only objection I have heard from the students is that they wanted to ask more questions (!!!!!)-- I think that if they could have had her on campus for as long as they wanted, she would have been there past midnight. What a great complaint from students--that they wanted MORE time with a speaker! And personally, I found Christina to be a wonderful, interesting, open, and flat-out FUN person to get to know. I feel the same as the students--our time with her was all too short, but wonderful while it lasted. Her genuine warmth will remain with me for a long time."
-- GT Leonard, Stockton College Freshman Seminars

"Thank you again for a phenomenal conclusion for the 10th anniversary of our community-wide reads. The audience really responded well and were buzzing about Christina and Orphan Train."
-- Seng Lovan, Danville-San Ramon CityRead

"She was so engaging and the information was so interesting. Even my teenage daughters were riveted the whole time."
-- Catherine Olson, Cuesta College

"WOW! Christina was an absolutely wonderful person to work with! She was so open and engaging. She is a natural teacher and everyone who had a chance to spend time with her learned so much. We had over 350 high school students read the novel. The students were very attentive at her author talk and were very excited to have their books signed. Students were eager to share their personal connections to the story as well as their interest in being writers. Kristina was very encouraging and patient as she answered their questions. From the student standpoint, this was a very successful event! One of the best author visits we have had at the school!"
-- Joann Dahl, Heartland Reads

"We so enjoyed having Ms. Kline on campus- a truly delightful experience! … I commend Ms. Kline for her honesty in talking to the girls about her own background, as well as her sincere interest in the hopes, aspirations, and future plans of our students… Overall, both the students and I LOVED Ms. Kline's visit. She was poised, inspiring, warm, and very very open. She was clearly passionate about her book and writing in general. I think that, more than anything, students thrill at having the opportunity to put their questions directly to the author. Many told me that they were afraid that meeting Ms. Kline would be similar to Hazel's experience in The Fault In Our Stars: that they would not get any answers. Ms. Kline was very forthcoming which was just what they (and I ) were hoping for."
-- Patricia Bologna, Notre Dame Academy (MA)

"I have worked more author events than I can count, and you were simply splendid. The crowd felt in safe and comfortable hands--you completely won them over."
-- Sarah Carr, Chatham County Literary Council

For more about Christina and her works, go to

Reviews of A Piece of the World

A Piece of the World is a graceful, moving and powerful demonstration of what can happen when a fearless literary imagination combines with an inexhaustible curiosity about the past and the human heart: a feat of time travel, a bravura improvisation on the theme of art history, a wonderful story that seems to have been waiting, all this time, for Christina Baker Kline to come along and tell it.
-- Michael Chabon,

A brilliantly imagined fictional memoir of the woman in the famed Wyeth painting, 'Christina's World.' Utterly transportive.
-- Erik Larson,

Videos featuring Christina Baker Kline

#1 NYTimes Bestseller Christina Baker Kline Discusses her Book Orphan Train

Christina Baker Kline - Orphan Train Book Trailer

Christina Baker Kline - 2014 Celebration of Reading