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Girl in Hyacinth Blue

Susan Vreeland

9 Reviews

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Fiction, Modern & contemporary fiction (post c 1945), Historical fiction, Short stories

A jewel of a novel about art, beauty and desire.

GIRL IN HYACINTH BLUE tells the story of an imaginary painting by Vermeer, and the aspirations and longings of those whose lives it illuminates, and darkens. From a proud father regretting his lost love to a compromised French noblewoman, from a hanged girl to Vermeer's own gifted daughter, Susan Vreeland's beautiful and luminous tales link to form an evocative jewel.

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Praise for Girl in Hyacinth Blue


  • 'This is not just another book with a Vermeer on the dust jacket...It is an illuminating meditation on the nature of art....This beautifully imagined and written a work of art itself' Sunday Telegraph

  • 'Susan Vreeland's...imaginitive, deeply moving triumph' Ms London


  • 'A work of art' New York Post

  • 'Intelligent, searching and unusual, the novel is filled with luminous moments; like the painting it describes so well, it has a way of lingering in the reader's mind' New York Times Book Review

  • 'Subtle and impressive debut' Publishers Weekly

  • 'Wonderful...extraordinarily skilled...deft, perceptive...deeply moving' Kirkus Reviews

  • 'Wonderful'

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Susan Vreeland

Susan Vreeland 's bestselling collection of linked stories, GIRL IN HYACINTH BLUE, was sold in thirteen countries and shortlisted for a number of major prizes. THE PASSION OF ARTEMISIA is her first novel.

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