This book is historical romantic fiction at its best. However, don't let the word "romantic" make you think less of the writing. Johannes Vermeer, the great 17th century Dutch Master, hires Griet as his housekeeper. It is not long before things spiral out of control after he paints her portrait wearing his wife's earrings. A great read that may be Chevalier's best.— Roxanne
Translated into thirty-nine languages and made into an Oscar-nominated film, starring Scarlett Johanson and Colin Firth
Tracy Chevalier transports readers to a bygone time and place in this richly-imagined portrait of the young woman who inspired one of Vermeer's most celebrated paintings.
History and fiction merge seamlessly in this luminous novel about artistic vision and sensual awakening. Girl with a Pearl Earring tells the story of sixteen-year-old Griet, whose life is transformed by her brief encounter with genius . . . even as she herself is immortalized in canvas and oil.
"A portrait of radiance...Chevalier brings the real artist Vermeer and a fictional muse to life in a jewel of a novel." --Time magazine
"A vibrant, sumptuous novel...triumphant...a beautifully written tale that mirrors the elegance of the painting that inspired it." --The Wall Street Journal
"The richest, most rewarding novel I have read this year." --The Cleveland Plain Dealer
"Outstanding." --USA Today
"Marvelously evocative." --The New York Times
"Superb...vividly captures the world of 17th century Delft." --The San Francisco Chronicle
"Tracy Chevalier has so vividly imagined the life of the painter and his subject that you say to yourself: This is the way it must have been." --The Milwaukee Journal Sentinel
"A jewel of a novel." --The Miami Herald