A 2013 World Book Night selection.
Centring on Vermeer’s household in the 1660s in Delft, this speculative historical novel tells of his relationship with a servant girl, Griet, who became his assistant and the model for the painting of the title. Written in a simple style, it conveys the conflict of the household in a matter-of-fact manner, first-person narrative, that draws you in as the 16-year old battles with the threshold of womanhood. A beautiful tale with a stunning final chapter. A gentle read that is surprisingly gripping.
When Griet becomes a maid in the household of Johannes Vermeer, she thinks she knows her role: housework, laundry and the care of his six children. But as she becomes part of his world and his work, their growing intimacy spreads tension and deception in the ordered household and, as the scandal seeps out, into the town beyond.
'A portrait of radiance…Tracy Chevalier brings the real artist Vermeer and a fictional muse to life in a jewel of a novel.' Time
'It has a slow, magical current of its own that picks you up and carries you stealthily along…a beautiful story, lovingly told by a very talented writer.' Daily Mail
'A wonderful novel, mysterious, steeped in atmosphere, deeply revealing about the process of painting…truly magical.' Guardian
Publication date: 03/07/2006
Publisher: Harpercollins Publishers
|Publication date:||3rd July 2006|
|Genres:||eBook Favourites, Historical Fiction, Literary Fiction,|
Tracy Chevalier is the author of six previous novels, including the international bestseller Girl with a Pearl Earring, The Virgin Blue, Falling Angels, The Lady and the Unicorn, Burning Bright and Remarkable Creatures. Born in Washington, DC, she moved to London in 1984, where she lives with her husband and son. The film of Girl with a Pearl Earring, starring Colin Firth as Vermeer, was released in the UK in January. It was nominated for 10 BAFTAs and two Academy Awards. Photograph © Eammon McCabeMore About Tracy Chevalier