Girl in Hyacinth Blue (Paperback)

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An unforgettable novel that follows a painting throughout several centuries of owners, back to the original painter and subject. Each chapter can be a stand-alone short story, but strung together they make an intriguing look at the power of art through diverse life experiences. You don't have to know anything about art to enjoy this one but it was first recommended to be because I'm a fan of the painter Johannes Vermeer!

— From Maile


The New York Times bestselling luminous tale about art and human experience that is as breathtaking as any Vermeer painting

“A little gem of a novel . . . [and a] beautifully written exploration of the power of art.” —Parade

A professor invites a colleague from the art department to his home to see a painting that he has kept secret for decades. The professor swears it is a Vermeer—why has he hidden this important work for so long? The reasons unfold in a series of stories that trace 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 human lives. Vreeland’s characters remind us, through their love of the mysterious painting, how beauty transforms and why we reach for it, what lasts, and what in our lives is singular and unforgettable.

About the Author

Susan Vreeland is the New York Times bestselling author of eight books, including Clara and Mr. Tiffany and Girl in Hyacinth Blue. She died in 2017.
Product Details
ISBN: 9780140296280
ISBN-10: 014029628X
Publisher: Penguin Books
Publication Date: October 1st, 2000
Pages: 272
Language: English