A Year in Books/Day 55: Girl in Hyacinth Blue

Johannes Vermeer, The Milkmaid (1658–1660)

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  • Title: Girl in Hyacinth Blue
  • Author: Susan Vreeland
  • Year Published: 1999 (Penguin Books)
  • Year Purchased: 2006
  • Source: A bookstore in Buffalo, New York
  • About: Another book revolving around the Dutch painter, Vermeer. This is a lovely, intimate novel with a surprisingly large, sweeping historical scope. It is, more than anything, the story of a single painting as seen through the eyes of its creator and subsequent owners. It jumps through time yet is seamless, never jarring.
  • Motivation: Jan Vermeer is one of my favourite painters. I was looking for a brief, well-written novel to read while on vacation.
  • Times Read: 1
  • Random Excerpt/Page 82: “Now, it’s not wise to be shocked. It makes one’s face blotchy and you don’t want that. I wouldn’t tell just anybody, because there are parts, there are parts-but since you asked for counsel in such matters, I will tell you. The truth, that I did not love the husband my father chose for me, I had concealed more carefully than a breast.”
  • Happiness Scale: 7 1/2


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