Blood Water Paint by Joy McCullough

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Blood Water Paint Read Online Free - 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.

Title : Blood Water Paint
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ISBN : 0735232113
Edition Language : English
Format Type : Hardcover
Number of Pages : 304 pages


Elise rated it ★★★★☆

January 30, 2018

This is a hard book to decently review. It's a verse novel, first of all. I think it's nigh-impossible to review a verse novel well. And this is not just a verse novel; it is a book that gets its chief power out of emotionality and importance. If you've read the blurb, you know this follows the st...

Laura rated it ★★★★☆

February 19, 2018

I wish men would decide if women are heavenly angels on high, or earthbound sculptures for their gardens But either way we’re beauty for consumption. This was really quite powerful and beautiful and devastating all at the same time. It is based on the true story of Artemisia Gentileschi, an iconic pain...

alice rated it ★★★★★

January 04, 2018

Absolutely heartbreaking and amazing. Full review to come.

Mackenzi rated it ★★★★★

July 21, 2017

I LOVE this book. Official blurb/review to come.

Rachael rated it ★★★☆☆

December 22, 2017

”She is not small. She is not weak. She will never, ever be feebleminded. And above all, she is outraged.” This was a hard book to read in more than one way – and I eventually just had to stop around the 75 percent mark because it was getting to be too painful. I usually reserve two- and one-st...

Cindy rated it ★★★★★

October 12, 2017

I just finished this heart-stopping debut and don't even quite have the words to describe it. Joy McCullough's verse is spare and evocative, and her rendering of Artemisia is compelling. But what really sets BLOOD WATER PAINT apart is the phenomenal exploration of women's stories and women's powe...

Amanda rated it ★★★★★

December 25, 2016

I read an early version of this and Wow! I've read a lot of verse novels in my life, the poetry in this was one of the absolute best. I couldn't put it down and it stayed with me for days. Honestly, it's been six months since I read and I still find myself thinking about it. This will haunt you i...

Rachel rated it ★★★★★

November 20, 2017

Possibly the most powerful book I've ever read.

Shan rated it ★★★★★

December 28, 2017

Beautiful. This is mostly written in verse, which was new to me but my YA-loving daughter tells me it's not that uncommon in young adult lit. The main story, based on the true story of the 17th-century painter Artemisia Gentileschi, is in verse, and the subplots about Bible characters Susanna (th...

K.A. rated it ★★★★★

October 06, 2017

It's not very often I read a book that understands much of the way my heart was broken so many years ago. That holds my hand and cries with me. That stands alongside me and stares the horror in the eye. These are not stories we like to talk about, not monsters we like to expose to the light. But...

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