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.
Blood Water Paint Joy McCullough Dutton Books for Young Readers, 2018 Source: Library
Well, Blood Water Paint was extremely difficult for me to read. After I finished the book I felt angry, unsettled, feisty, and ready to pick a fight. The way women were treated was so horrible! That all being said, I was disappointed that the description on the flap gave away so much about the book. The upsetting part didn't come until I was about halfway through the story - but I already knew about it because it was in the description. I understand wanting people to be prepared or giving readers the option to skip something traumatic, but I would have appreciated a more subtle description. In spite of the fact that Blood Water Paint upset me, it was an interesting story that was written well. I picked it up because of awards buzz - we'll see what happens!