Blood Water Paint by Joy McculloughBlood Water Paint by Joy Mccullough

Blood Water Paint

byJoy Mccullough

Hardcover | March 6, 2018

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A stunning debut novel based on the true story of the iconic painter, Artemisia Gentileschi.

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.
Joy McCullough writes books and plays from her home in the Seattle area, where she lives with her husband and two children. 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. Blood Water Paint is her debut novel. ww...
Title:Blood Water PaintFormat:HardcoverDimensions:304 pages, 8.25 × 5.5 × 0.75 inPublished:March 6, 2018Publisher:Penguin Young Readers GroupLanguage:English

The following ISBNs are associated with this title:

ISBN - 10:0735232113

ISBN - 13:9780735232112


Editorial Reviews

★"With dazzling surrealist overtones, McCullough has managed to vividly capture a singularly brave, resilient feminist who became an icon during a time when women had almost no agency. Her story and the stunning verse through which it is told will resonate just as strongly with readers today. A captivating and impressive debut about a timeless heroine." —Booklist, starred review"Going into Joy McCullough’s Blood Water Paint, I had no knowledge of Artemisia Gentileschi’s existence nor her crucial place in our history as one of the earliest feminist painters. Coming out of the novel, I knew I would be simultaneously haunted and empowered by Artemisia’s story for the rest of my life. This so-accurate-it-stings tale shows both how women often struggle to find their voices in a world dictated by the fists of men and how a woman can cause beautiful earthquakes with a single word."—Amanda Lovelace, award-winning author of the princess saves herself in this one"A hypnotic and captivating subversion of the traditionally male-dominated narratives of art and European history. Joy McCullough's spare, evocative verse paints a gutting portrait of women learning how to operate in a world of men while coming into their own strength, pride, and power. Tragically relevant and unflinchingly feminist, Blood Water Paint is the kind of book all historical fiction should aspire to be."—Mackenzi Lee, New York Times bestselling author of The Gentleman's Guide to Vice and Virtue"A visceral reminder that women have suffered and stood strong throughout time.”—Mindy McGinnis, award winning author of The Female of the Species."Blood Water Paint is a remarkable work of art. In verse that’s both lyrical and brutal, Joy McCullough unburies and illuminates a story of bravery, feminism, and the enduring human spirit flourishing in a dusty studio in Rome more than four centuries ago. Both a grave reminder of how little has changed and a hopeful testament to how much more we might achieve, McCullough's debut is a must read."—Gae Polisner, author of The Memory of Things "Fierce. Nuanced. Compelling. Blood Water Paint is a deftly layered portrait, at once intimate and universal. McCullough’s debut is an unflinching tribute both to Artemisia and to all who dare to stand at the intersection of artistry and womanhood."—Melanie Crowder, author of Audacity"Blood Water Paint is a fiercely crafted debut about a girl from history whose story is extraordinarily relevant to today. McCullough paints an unflinching portrait of one of Rome's most talented painters and presents a story that is as heartbreaking as it is powerful."—Rachel Strolle, Anderson's Bookstore, Naperville, IL