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Blood Water Paint (Large Print / Library Binding)

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No words I write could do this book justice. It is powerful, it is artful, and it will go down as one of my favorite books of all time. Baroque artist Artemisia Gentileschi’s true story is made visceral, her voice clear in the poetry of her narration. Taken for granted by her father, ignored by her brothers, and abandoned by her maid, Artemisia struggles as a woman, finding solace and identity in her art. But when even her art is attacked, when her male tutor takes advantage of his situation as men in power (even now) are wont to do, her world is shattered. It takes the biblical Susanna and Judith, reimagined and empowered in her mother’s old stories, to give Artemisia the strength to face her attacker against insurmountable odds. Blood Water Paint carries a power and grace the likes of which you don’t find often in young adult lit.

— Destenie

Spring 2018 Kids’ Indie Next List

“Artemisia Gentileschi was one of the greatest painters of her generation, but she also lived in 17th-century Italy, where women had no power and little recourse when wronged. When one of her father's friends assaults her, Artemisia must decide whether to keep the secret or force him to face justice, no matter the cost she'll have to pay. Written in gorgeous verse, this book is heartbreaking, brilliant, and tragically relevant today. Read this book even if you don't care about art history. Read this book even if you don't usually like verse novels or historical fiction. Just read this book. It will haunt you.”
— Lillian Tschudi-Campbell, The Red Balloon Bookshop, Saint Paul, MN

Product Details
ISBN: 9781432866839
ISBN-10: 1432866834
Large Print: Yes
Publisher: Thorndike Press Large Print
Publication Date: August 28th, 2019
Pages: 585
Language: English