Susan Vreeland

in Racine, WI, The United States
January 20, 1946



Susan Vreeland is an internationally renowned best-selling author and four-time winner of the Theodor Geisel Award for Fiction, the San Diego Book Award’s highest honor. She is known for writing historical fiction on art-related themes, including Girl in Hyacinth Blue, The Passion of Artemisia, Luncheon of the Boating Party, and Clara and Mr. Tiffany. Her books have been translated into 26 languages. She lives in San Diego, California.

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I will be answering your questions from 2:00-5:00pm, Pacific Time, on Tuesdays when I come home from my tour, with the exception of one Monday. Dates are:
Tuesdays: September 16, 23, 30, and October 21 and 28; Monday, October 13. I will answer the questions pre-posted on Sept 16.

August 19 marks the 8-day countdown to the publication of Lisette's List, my eighth book. Every day beginning August 1... Read more of this blog post »
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Girl in Hyacinth Blue

3.73 avg rating — 35,559 ratings — published 1999 — 53 editions
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Clara and Mr. Tiffany

3.74 avg rating — 33,798 ratings — published 2010 — 19 editions
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The Passion of Artemisia

3.87 avg rating — 15,945 ratings — published 2001 — 42 editions
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Luncheon of the Boating Party

3.67 avg rating — 6,730 ratings — published 2007 — 25 editions
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Lisette's List

3.78 avg rating — 4,387 ratings — published 2014 — 17 editions
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The Forest Lover

3.69 avg rating — 2,868 ratings — published 2004 — 20 editions
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Life Studies: Stories

3.74 avg rating — 963 ratings — published 2004 — 15 editions
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What Love Sees

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What English Teachers Want:...

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Life Studies

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“You know, bicycling isn't just a matter of balance," I said. "it's a matter of faith. You can keep upright only by moving forward. You have to have your eyes on the goal, not the ground. I'm going to call that the Bicyclist's Philosophy of Life.”
Susan Vreeland, Clara and Mr. Tiffany

“That a thing made by hand, the work and thought of a single craftsman, can endure much longer than its maker, through centuries in fact, can survive natural catastrophe, neglect, and even mistreatment, has always filled me with wonder. Sometimes in museums, looking at a humble piece of pottery from ancient Persia or Pompeii, or a finely wrought page from a medieval illuminated manuscript toiled over by a nameless monk, or a primitive tool with a carved handle, I am moved to tears. The unknown life of the maker is evanescent in its brevity, but the work of his or her hands and heart remains.”
Susan Vreeland

“It was strange: When you reduced even a fledgling love affair to its essentials--I loved her, she maybe loved me, I was foolish, I suffered--it became vacuous and trite, meaningless to anyone else. In the end, it's only the moments that we have, the kiss on the palm, the joint wonder at the furrowed texture of a fir trunk or at the infinitude of grains of sand in a dune. Only the moments.”
Susan Vreeland



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