Blood Water PaintBook - 2018
Rome, 1605: After her mother's death, 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. Artemisia became one of Rome's most talented painters-- and her father took all the credit. Five years later, in the aftermath of a rape, Artemisia faced another terrible choice: a life of silence or a life of truth, no matter the cost. Through the ensuing trial and torture, she is buoyed by her mother's stories of strong women of the Bible.
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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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