Waiting on Wednesday: Blood Water Paint by Joy McCullough

Posted August 23, 2017 by Madalyn || 3 Comments

Waiting on Wednesday is hosted by Breaking the Spine. It’s a feature where we show off one of our most anticipated reads of the year. Where we tend to add more books to your never-ending TBR.

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Waiting on Wednesday: Blood Water Paint by Joy McCulloughBlood Water Paint by Joy McCullough
Published by Dutton Books for Young Readers on March 6th 2018
Pages: 304

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 consumemy 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 youwhat a woman can do.

why i’m waiting

I heard Mackenzi Lee talk about this book on the Literati podcast a couple weeks ago, and it sounds amazing! I love historical fiction, and I also love books that feature protagonists who are artists of any sort. Plus, this story is told in verse! It sounds super feminist, too. This one just generally intrigues me! One of my most-anticipated 2018 releases, for sure.


What book are you waiting on this week? What are some of your anticipated 2018 releases?

About Joy McCullough

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.

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