Blood Water Paint
Blood Water Paint
2018 National Book Award Longlist Her mother died when she was twelve, and suddenly Artemisia Gentileschi had a stark choice: a life as a nun in a convent or a life grinding pigment for her father's paint. She chose paint. By the time she was seventeen, Artemisia did more than grind pigment. She was one of Rome's most talented painters, even if no one knew her name. But Rome in 1610 was a city where men took what they wanted from women, and in the aftermath of rape Artemisia faced another terrible choice: a life of silence or a life of truth, no matter the cost. He will not consume
my every thought.
I am a painter.
I will paint. Joy McCullough's bold novel in verse is a portrait of an artist as a young woman, filled with the soaring highs of creative inspiration and the devastating setbacks of a system built to break her. McCullough weaves Artemisia's heartbreaking story with the stories of the ancient heroines, Susanna and Judith, who become not only the subjects of two of Artemisia's most famous paintings but sources of strength as she battles to paint a woman's timeless truth in the face of unspeakable and all-too-familiar violence. I will show you
what a woman can do. â˜…"A captivating and impressive."--Booklist, starred review
â˜…"Belongs on every YA shelf."--SLJ, starred review
â˜…"Haunting."--Publishers Weekly, starred review
â˜…"Luminous."--Shelf Awareness, starred review
Author: Joy McCullough
Publisher: Penguin Books
Binding Type: Paperback
Size: 8.10h x 5.40w x 0.90d
Age Range: 14-UP
Reading Level: 5.5
Point Value: 5
Interest Level: Upper Grade
Quiz #/Name: 501018 / Blood Water Paint
Award: William C. Morris YA Debut Award - Finalist
About the Author
Joy McCullough writes books and plays from her home in the Seattle area, where she lives with her family. She studied theater at Northwestern University, fell in love with her husband atop a Guatemalan volcano, and now spends her days surrounded by books and kids and chocolate. Her debut novel, Blood Water Paint, was longlisted for National Book Award and was a finalist for the William C. Morris Debut Award.