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ISBN13: 9780140296280
ISBN10: 014029628x
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Awards

Named a "Best Book of the Year" by Publishers Weekly, The Christian Science Monitor, and The San Francisco Chronicle

Synopses & Reviews

Publisher Comments:

This luminous story begins in the present day, when a professor invites a colleague to his home to see a painting that he has kept secret for decades. The professor swears it is a Vermeer – but why has he hidden this important work for so long? The reasons unfold in a series of events that trace the ownership of the painting back to World War II and Amsterdam, and still further back to the moment of the work's inspiration. As the painting moves through each owner's hands, what was long hidden quietly surfaces, illuminating poignant moments in multiple lives. Vreeland's characters remind us, through their love of this mysterious painting, how beauty transforms and why we reach for it, what lasts and what in our lives is singular and unforgettable.

Review:

"Vreeland's wonderful second outing is a novel made of stories, each delving farther into the provenance of a Vermeer painting, and each capturing a moment of life, much as the great painter did himself....Extraordinarily skilled historical fiction: deft, perceptive, full of learning, deeply moving." Kirkus Reviews

Review:

"Reading Vreeland's new book is like opening up a Chinese box: each chapter reveals a new layer of meaning and import....True to the spirit of Vermeer, Vreeland uses art as a vehicle for capturing special moments in the lives of ordinary people; true, too, to Vermeer's legacy, she creates art that brings a unique pleasure into the lives of ordinary readers." Veronica Scrol, Booklist

Review:

"Intelligent, searching and unusual, the novel is filled with luminous moments; like the painting it describes so well, it has a way of lingering in the reader's mind." The New York Times Book Review

Synopsis:

The ownership of a supposed Vermeer painting is traced back to the moment of its inspiration; and as the painting moves through each owner's hands, what was long hidden or forgotten or repressed quietly surfaces. Like Vermeer's paintings, this bestselling novel illuminates the poignantly dear moments in people's lives.

Synopsis:

Girl in Hyacinth Blue, "the little gem of a novel [that is a] beautifully written exploration of the power of art" (Parade), is now a Hallmark Hall of Fame movie starring Glenn Close and Ellen Burstyn.

About the Author

Susan Vreeland's is the bestselling author of Girl in Hyacinth Blue, The Passion of Artemisis, and ,i>The Forest Lover. Her short fiction has appeared in journals such as the Missouri Review, New England Review, Alaska Quarterly Review, Ploughshares, and Tri-Quarterly.

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Susan Nielsen, January 1, 2011 (view all comments by Susan Nielsen)
Beautiful prose, and completely transporting to times within the pages. The characters, so true to themselves, make the reader ache to know them more.
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JudysAntiques, September 16, 2010 (view all comments by JudysAntiques)
This is the greatest book I have ever read. It is moving in many ways. I laughed, but I also cried while reading it. Susan's perfect way of describing people, places, scenarios, carried me through time and introduced me to many families who I was able to feel intimately close to.
Throughout the book I could visualize (and still can) the painting of the girl in hyacinth blue as if I had actually seen it. The literary richness of this book makes me want the painting to exist, and I want to also see it if only once, as I grew to love it deeply too, like many of the characters.
I highly recommend this book not only to art lovers and literature fans, but to everyone who wants a wonderful book to read.
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Nicholas Whalen, January 2, 2010 (view all comments by Nicholas Whalen)
Evocative, painful and bittersweet as it is hopeful...the author has a mastery of the English language that I have not seen from any author in a good long while. Her descriptions of place and time and a handful of people that I could swear were dear friends or family by the time I finished this book were richer and more heartfelt than I would have ever imagined could be contained into such a compact "reader" as this one. This is, simply put, a true piece of art, as much as any painting that is the reference of this title, and I would not say such a thing lightly, about any piece of literature. So much could be learned here...
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Product Details

ISBN:
9780140296280
Author:
Vreeland, Susan
Publisher:
Penguin Books
Location:
New York, N.Y.
Subject:
General
Subject:
Fiction
Subject:
World war, 1939-1945
Subject:
College teachers
Subject:
Biographical fiction
Subject:
Literary
Subject:
Atrocities
Subject:
World War, 1939-1945 -- Atrocities.
Subject:
Vermeer, Johannes
Subject:
Literature-A to Z
Copyright:
Edition Description:
Paperback / softback
Series Volume:
P60-211
Publication Date:
October 2000
Binding:
TRADE PAPER
Grade Level:
from 12
Language:
English
Pages:
256
Dimensions:
7.40x4.54x.73 in. .51 lbs.
Age Level:
from 18

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Product details 256 pages Penguin Books - English 9780140296280 Reviews:
"Review" by , "Vreeland's wonderful second outing is a novel made of stories, each delving farther into the provenance of a Vermeer painting, and each capturing a moment of life, much as the great painter did himself....Extraordinarily skilled historical fiction: deft, perceptive, full of learning, deeply moving."
"Review" by , "Reading Vreeland's new book is like opening up a Chinese box: each chapter reveals a new layer of meaning and import....True to the spirit of Vermeer, Vreeland uses art as a vehicle for capturing special moments in the lives of ordinary people; true, too, to Vermeer's legacy, she creates art that brings a unique pleasure into the lives of ordinary readers."
"Review" by , "Intelligent, searching and unusual, the novel is filled with luminous moments; like the painting it describes so well, it has a way of lingering in the reader's mind."
"Synopsis" by , The ownership of a supposed Vermeer painting is traced back to the moment of its inspiration; and as the painting moves through each owner's hands, what was long hidden or forgotten or repressed quietly surfaces. Like Vermeer's paintings, this bestselling novel illuminates the poignantly dear moments in people's lives.
"Synopsis" by , Girl in Hyacinth Blue, "the little gem of a novel [that is a] beautifully written exploration of the power of art" (Parade), is now a Hallmark Hall of Fame movie starring Glenn Close and Ellen Burstyn.
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