Girl with a Pearl Earring: A Novel

By Tracy Chevalier

The New York Times bestselling novel via the writer of At the sting of the Orchard and Remarkable Creatures


Translated into thirty-nine languages and made into an Oscar-nominated movie, starring Scarlett Johanson and Colin Firth

Tracy Chevalier transports readers to a bygone time and position during this richly-imagined portrait of the younger lady who encouraged certainly one of Vermeer's so much celebrated paintings.

History and fiction merge seamlessly during this luminous novel approximately creative imaginative and prescient and sensual awakening. Girl with a Pearl Earring tells the tale of sixteen-year-old Griet, whose existence is reworked through her short stumble upon with genius . . . whilst she herself is immortalized in canvas and oil.

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Maertge, move and locate your father on the Guild,” she ordered. “Quickly. inform him it’s very important. ” Cornelia go searching. while she observed me her face lit up. I acquired up from my knees and walked stiffly again to the courtyard. there has been not anything i may do yet cling up laundry and wait. whilst he back i presumed for a second that he may come and locate me within the courtyard, hidden one of the putting sheets. He did not—I heard him at the stairs, then not anything. I leaned opposed to the nice and cozy brick wall and gazed up. It was once a vibrant, cloudless day, the sky a mocking blue. It used to be the type of day whilst little ones ran up and down the streets and shouted, while walked out during the city gates, prior the windmills and alongside the canals, whilst outdated ladies sat within the solar and closed their eyes. My father was once most likely sitting at the bench in entrance of his condominium, his face became in the direction of the heat. the next day can be bitterly chilly, yet at the present time it used to be spring. They despatched Cornelia to get me. whilst she seemed among the striking outfits and appeared down at me with a merciless smirk on her face, i wished to slap her as I had that first day I had come to paintings on the apartment. i didn't, though—I easily sat, palms in my lap, shoulders slumped, and watched her blow their own horns her glee. The solar stuck flickers of gold—traces of her mother—in her purple hair. “You are sought after upstairs,” she acknowledged in a proper voice. “They are looking to see you. ” She became and skipped again into the home. I leaned over and brushed a little bit dirt from my shoe. Then I stood, straightened my skirt, smoothed my apron, pulled the guidelines of my cap tight, and checked for unfastened strands of hair. I licked my lips and pressed them jointly, took a deep breath and Cornelia. Catharina have been crying—her nostril was once pink, her eyes puffy. She was once sitting within the chair he ordinarily pulled as much as his easel—it were driven in the direction of the wall and the cabinet that held his brushes and palette knife. whilst I seemed she heaved herself up in order that she used to be status, tall and wide. even if she glared at me, she didn't converse. She squeezed her palms over her stomach and winced. Maria Thins used to be status subsequent to the easel, taking a look sober but in addition impatient, as though she had different, extra very important issues to take care of. He stood subsequent to his spouse, his face with no expression, arms at his facets, eyes at the portray. He was once looking forward to an individual, for Catharina, or Maria Thins, or me, to start. I got here to face simply contained in the door. Cornelia hovered in the back of me. i couldn't see the portray from the place I stood. It used to be Maria Thins who ultimately spoke. “Well, lady, my daughter desires to know the way you got here to be donning her jewelry. ” She acknowledged it as though she didn't count on me to respond to. I studied her outdated face. She was once not likely to confess to assisting me get the rings. Nor may he, I knew. i didn't understand what to assert. So i didn't say whatever. “Did you scouse borrow the major to my jewellery field and take my jewelry? ” Catharina spoke as though she have been attempting to persuade herself of what she acknowledged. Her voice used to be shaky. “No, madam. ” even supposing I knew it might be more uncomplicated for everybody if I acknowledged I had stolen them, i couldn't lie approximately myself.

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