Blood Water Paint

By Joy McCullough

Synopsis

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. I will show you what a woman can do.

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Review

"An impassioned, lushly described account of a young woman who refuses to dwell in secret shame. Blood Water Paint fits smoothly into the current conversation surrounding the #MeToo movement."--Chicago Tribune "Coming out of the novel, I knew I would be haunted and empowered by Artemisia's story for the rest of my life."--Amanda Lovelace, bestselling author of the princess saves herself in this one "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 â "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 â "McCullough's beautifully crafted text will inspire upper-middle/high school readers to research the true story upon which this powerful piece of historical fiction is based. The poetry is clear and revelatory, exploring Artemisia's passion for both art and life. The expression of her intense feelings is gripping and her complexity of character make her a force to be reckoned with, both in her times and in ours. VERDICT: A thrilling portrait of a woman of character who refused to be dismissed; this belongs on every YA shelf."--School Library Journal, starred review â "Luminous."--Shelf Awareness, starred review "A visceral reminder that women have suffered and stood strong throughout time."--Mindy McGinnis, award-winning author of The Female of the Species. "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 "Blood Water Paint is a deftly layered portrait, at once intimate and universal."--Melanie Crowder, author of Audacity "As heartbreaking as it is powerful."--Rachel Strolle, Anderson's Bookstore, Naperville, IL "Written for teens who will feel empowered as they root for Artemisia, but trust me, adult book clubs will spend a lively evening discussing her choices too."--Jenny Chou, Boswell Book Co., Milwaukee, WI "[An] incandescent retelling both timeless and, alas, all too timely."--Kirkus "[W]ill resonate with modern feminists."--BookPage "McCullough's debut novel is one of a kind. ... [A] truly inspiring and impactful story."--Romatic Times "Filled with hope and an important message that women's voices cannot be silenced."--Book Riot "For lovers of writers like Laurie Halse Anderson and An Na, Blood Water Paint is feminist historical fiction written in verse, giving readers a glimpse into the teen's most intimate thoughts while highlighting a centuries-old, yet startlingly familiar time and place where men took what they wanted from women with practically no consequences."--Bustle "This intensely passionate and powerful exploration of women's lives, stories, truths, and power is a masterpiece." --Teen Librarian Toolbox "Coming out of the novel, I knew I would be haunted and empowered by Artemisia's story for the rest of my life."--Amanda Lovelace, bestselling author of the princess saves herself in this one "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. "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 "Blood Water Paint is a deftly layered portrait, at once intimate and universal."--Melanie Crowder, author of Audacity "McCullough paints an unflinching portrait that is as heartbreaking as it is powerful."--Rachel Strolle, Anderson's Bookstore, Naperville, IL "Written for teens who will feel empowered as they root for Artemisia, but trust me, adult book clubs will spend a lively evening discussing her choices too."--Jenny Chou, Boswell Book Co., Milwaukee, WI â "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 â "McCullough's beautifully crafted text will inspire upper-middle/high school readers to research the true story upon which this powerful piece of historical fiction is based. The poetry is clear and revelatory, exploring Artemisia's passion for both art and life. The expression of her intense feelings is gripping and her complexity of character make her a force to be reckoned with, both in her times and in ours. VERDICT: A thrilling portrait of a woman of character who refused to be dismissed; this belongs on every YA shelf."--School Library Journal, starred review "[An] incandescent retelling both timeless and, alas, all too timely."--Kirkus "[W]ill resonate with modern feminists."--BookPage "McCullough's debut novel is one of a kind. ... [A] truly inspiring and impactful story."--Romatic Times "Intimate, haunting, and deeply moving..."--Brit & Co. "Filled with hope and an important message that women's voices cannot be silenced."--Book Riot "A story of a passionate and fierce woman fighting for her place in the world and history."--Bustle, Best YA of March 2018 "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."--Amanda Lovelace, bestselling author of the princess saves herself in this one "McCullough 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. "McCullough unburies and illuminates a story of bravery, feminism, and the enduring human spirit flourishing 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 "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 "McCullough paints an unflinching portrait that is as heartbreaking as it is powerful."--Rachel Strolle, Anderson's Bookstore, Naperville, IL â "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 â "McCullough's beautifully crafted text will inspire upper-middle/high school readers to research the true story upon which this powerful piece of historical fiction is based. The poetry is clear and revelatory, exploring Artemisia's passion for both art and life. The expression of her intense feelings is gripping and her complexity of character make her a force to be reckoned with, both in her times and in ours. VERDICT: A thrilling portrait of a woman of character who refused to be dismissed; this belongs on every YA shelf."--School Library Journal, starred review "[An] incandescent retelling both timeless and, alas, all too timely."--Kirkus Reviews Written in lyrical prose that sweeps you up into the artist's mind with passionate intensity, Blood Water Paint is an intimate, haunting, and deeply moving meditation on the importance of speaking your truth, no matter the consequences."--Brit & Co. â "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 "[An] incandescent retelling both timeless and, alas, all too timely."--Kirkus Reviews "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 "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 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

Author Biography

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. www.joymccullough.com @jmcwrites