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A Dutch painting of a young girl survives three and a half centuries through loss, flood, anonymity, theft, secrecy, even the Holocaust. This is the story of its owners whose lives are influenced by its beauty and mystery. Despite their unsatisfied longings, their own and others' flaws, the girl in hyacinth blue has the power to engender love in all its human variety.

This luminous story begins in the present day, when a professor invites a colleague to his home to see a painting that he has kept secret for decades. The professor swears it is a Vermeer--but why has he hidden this important work for so long? The reasons unfold in a series of events that trace the 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 multiple lives. Susan Vreeland's characters remind us, through their love of this mysterious painting, how beauty transforms and why we reach for it, what lasts and what in our lives is singular and unforgettable.

Topics: The Holocaust, Art & Artists, World War II, Family, Love, War, Inspirational, Adventurous, Multiple Perspectives, 1940s, 1990s, Holland, Amsterdam, United States of America, and Short stories

Published: RosettaBooks on
ISBN: 9780795323546
List price: $8.99
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I bought this book at least four years ago--before I was on Goodreads. This means all I had to go on was the back cover copy, a quick read of the first page, and an excellent visual presentation. I should have read the reviews before beginning the book--it was not a good morning to start off with a story about the holocaust, even if it was well written and short.

As it turns out, the book is a series of short stories tracing the provenance of a mysterious Vermeer. Questions raised in each story are answered further down the line as the history is traced back to when the painting was done. Some of the stories are better than others, but it was ultimately a quick and enjoyable read.more
Intriguing collection of short stories tied together by a work of art by the talented Dutch painter, Vermeer.more
One of the single most boring books I have ever read. "Girl With A Pearl Earring" this is NOT!!!!more
A very interesting and unique treatment of the story. I thought the story started a bit slow, but then I was presently surprised after getting past first chapter. The story caught my attention and still left small pieces of the history up to my imagination.more
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I bought this book at least four years ago--before I was on Goodreads. This means all I had to go on was the back cover copy, a quick read of the first page, and an excellent visual presentation. I should have read the reviews before beginning the book--it was not a good morning to start off with a story about the holocaust, even if it was well written and short.

As it turns out, the book is a series of short stories tracing the provenance of a mysterious Vermeer. Questions raised in each story are answered further down the line as the history is traced back to when the painting was done. Some of the stories are better than others, but it was ultimately a quick and enjoyable read.more
Intriguing collection of short stories tied together by a work of art by the talented Dutch painter, Vermeer.more
One of the single most boring books I have ever read. "Girl With A Pearl Earring" this is NOT!!!!more
A very interesting and unique treatment of the story. I thought the story started a bit slow, but then I was presently surprised after getting past first chapter. The story caught my attention and still left small pieces of the history up to my imagination.more
I loved this beautiful story following a vemeer painting through time.more
This isn't the story of Vermeer or of any particular character. Rather, it's the story of a painting. Each chapter is a short story about the people in possession of the painting and what they do with it. The book opens in the present, and each chapter then goes back another generation until you reach the end and finally meet Vermeer and his family. The only thing I wanted was a reproduction of the painting, but there aren't any notes in the book to tell you whether it actually exists or not. The cover has only a slice, not the whole thing.more
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