Christina Baker Kline is the author of five novels. Her most recent novel&44; Orphan Train&44; has spent more than two years on the New York Times bestseller list&44; including five weeks at 1&44; and has been published in 38 countries. More than 100 communities and colleges have chosen it as a “One Book&44; One Read” selection. Her other novels include The Way Life Should Be&44; Sweet Water&44; Bird in Hand&44; and Desire Lines. Her new novel&44; based on the iconic painting Christina’s World by Andrew Wyeth&44; will be published in Winter 2017.
In addition to her five novels&44; Kline has written and edited five nonfiction books. She commissioned and edited two widely praised collections or original essays on the frist year of parenthood and raising young children&44; Child of Mine and Room to Grow&44; and a book on grieving&44; Always Too Soon. She is the coeditor&44; with Anne Burt&44; of a collection of personal essays called About Face: Women Write About What They See When They Look in the Mirror&44; and is co-author&44; with her mother&44; Christina Looper Baker&44; of a book on feminist mothers and daughters&44; The Conversation Begins. Her essays&44; articles&44; and reviews have appeared in The New York Times&44; the San Francisco Chronicle&44; Money&44; More&44; Psychology Today&44; among other places.
Kline was born in Cambridge&44; England&44; and raised there as well as in the American South and Maine. She is a graduate of Yale&44; Cambridge&44; and the University of Virginia&44; where she was a Henry Hoyns Fellow in Fiction Writing. She has taught fiction and nonfiction writing&44; poetry&44; English literature&44; literary theory&44; and women’s studies at Yale&44; NYU&44; and Drew University&44; and served as Writer-in-Residence at Fordham University for four years. She is a recipient of several Geraldine R. Dodge Foundation Fellowships and Writer-in-Residence Fellowships at the Virginia Center for the Creative Arts. She supports a number of libraries and other associations in New Jersey and Maine&44; and is a member of the Advisory Board for Roots & Wings&44; a nonprofit that provides support for at-risk adolescent and aged-out foster care youth.
Kline lives in an old house in Montclair&44; New Jersey&44; with her husband&44; David Kline&44; and three sons&44; Hayden&44; Will&44; and Eli. She spends as much time as possible in an even older house in Southwest Harbor&44; Maine.