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History and fiction merge seamlessly in Tracy Chevalier's luminous novel about artistic vision and sensual awakening. Through the eyes of sixteen-year-old Griet, the world of 1660s Holland comes dazzlingly alive in this richly imagined portrait of the young woman who inspired one of Vermeer's most celebrated paintings.
233 pages, Paperback
First published January 1, 1999
"I could hear rich carpets in their voices, books and pearls and fur."Those similes and metaphors were very well done.
"I did not mind the cold so much when he was there. When he stood close to me I could feel the warmth of his body."
"I did not like to think of him that way, with his wife and children. I preferred to think of him alone in his studio. Or not alone, but only with me."