Blood Water Paint

Longlist, National Book Awards 2018 for Young People's Literature

Blood Water Paint by Joy McCullough book cover
ISBN 9780735232112
Dutton Children’s Books / Penguin Random House
Joy McCullough author photo, credit John Ulman
Joy McCullough

Joy McCullough writes books and plays from her home in the Seattle area, where she lives with her husband and two children. More about this author >

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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.