Blood Water PaintBook - 2018
Her mother died when she was twelve, and suddenly Artemisia Gentileschi had to choose: 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 Italy'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 choice: be silent or tell the truth, no matter the cost. I will show you what a woman can do. Joy McCullough's bold novel in verse is a portrait of an artist as a young woman, filled with the soaring highs of inspiration and the devastating setbacks of a system built to break her. McCollough 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 young woman's timeless truth in the face of all-too-familiar violence. -- From dust jacket.
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"Women who speak truth. / And listen to me, love. / When a woman risks / her place, her very life to speak / a truth the world despises? / Believe her. Always" (p. 252)
"Why, though, does it take / a mother, daughter, sister / for men to take / a women at her word?" (p. 237)
"The court's concerned, / as always, / with the men." (p. 223)
"But then, to be so terrified and still persist is true courage." (p. 220)
"Words have power. / He won't take mine again." (p. 202)
"She deserves that much--a witness, one who says I see you, hear you, I'm better for knowing your story." (p. 175)
"Sometimes that's all you need, my love--another woman's faith in you." (p. 158)
"The boys have all the tales they need of brave warriors and army captains." (p. 142)
"The world will tell you not to be outraged, love. They will tell you to sit quietly, be kind. Be a lady.
And when they do? Be Judith instead." (p. 78)
"You'll feel outrage too one day. Perhaps you already have... But you will rage, and be told you are too small, too weak, too feebleminded to be of use. You are not." (p. 76)
Sexual Content: This title contains Sexual Content.
Violence: rape, stoning, beheading, sexual assault
Sexual Content: Depicts rape.
Violence: Depicts a beheading, and rape.
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