History and fiction merge seamlessly in this luminous novel about artistic vision and sensual awakening. Girl with a Pearl Earring tells the story of sixteen-year-old Griet, whose life is transformed by her brief encounter with genius ... even as she herself is immortalized in canvas and oil. Chevalier brings the real artist Vermeer and a fictional muse to life in a jewel of a novel.
(Time magazine) A vibrant, sumptuous novel... triumphant... a beautifully written tale that mirrors the elegance of the painting that inspired it. (The Wall Street Journal) The richest, most rewarding novel I have read this year. (The Cleveland Plain Dealer) Outstanding.
(USA Today) Marvelously evocative. (The New York Times) Superb... vividly captures the world of 17th-century Delft. (San Francisco Chronicle) Tracy Chevalier has so vividly imagined the life of the painter and his subject that you say to yourself This is the way it must have been.
(The Milwaukee Journal Sentinel) A jewel of a novel. (The Miami Herald) Author Bio Tracy Chevalier holds a graduate degree in creative writing from the University of East Anglia. Her first novel, The Virgin Blue, was chosen by UK bookseller WH Smith for its 1997 Fresh Talent promotion.
Winner of Barnes & Nobles 2000 Discover Great New Writers Award