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