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Tracy Chevalier

Someone of you like this writer?

She wrote novels like:

Falling Angels

Girl With a Pearl Earring

The Virgin Blue

The Lady and the unicorn
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Girl with a pearl earring: THE STORY

One of the best-loved paintings in the world is a mystery. Who is the model and why has she been painted? What is she thinking as she stares out at us? Are her wide eyes and enigmatic half-smile innocent or seductive? And why is she wearing a pearl earring?
Girl With a Pearl Earring tells the story of Griet, a 16-year-old Dutch girl who becomes a maid in the house of the painter Johannes Vermeer. Her calm and perceptive manner not only helps her in her household duties, but also attracts the painter's attention. Though different in upbringing, education and social standing, they have a similar way of looking at things. Vermeer slowly draws her into the world of his paintings - the still, luminous images of solitary women in domestic settings.
In contrast to her work in her master's studio, Griet must carve a place for herself in a chaotic Catholic household run by Vermeer's volatile wife Catharina, his shrewd mother-in-law Maria Thins, and their fiercely loyal maid Tanneke. Six children (and counting) fill out the household, dominated by six-year-old Cornelia, a mischievous girl who sees more than she should.
On the verge of womanhood, Griet also contends with the growing attentions both from a local butcher and from Vermeer's patron, the wealthy van Ruijven. And she has to find her way through this new and strange life outside the loving Protestant family she grew up in, now fragmented by accident and death.
As Griet becomes part of her master's work, their growing intimacy spreads disruption and jealousy within the ordered household and even - as the scandal seeps out - ripples in the world beyond.
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I've only read Girl with a Pearl Earring. I think it's a terrific book, I know she likes to write historical fiction, I do want to look at her other books but I haven't had the chance.

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I read Girl with a Pearl Earring too and it was great I really loved it

I have Fallen Angels too but I have so much other books to read :S

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I read Girl with a Pearl Earring too and it was great I really loved it

I have Fallen Angels too but I have so much other books to read :S
Falling Angels is one my fav!

She is coming out with a new book now:

Burning Bright
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I have read all four of her books, and I liked them all. Girl With a Pearl Earring and Falling Angels were my favorites out of the four. Can't wait for her new book.
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Girl with a Pearl Earring was made into a film, starring Scarlett Johanssen, and it was one of her early films (before practically anybody knew who she was).
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Girl with a Pearl Earring was made into a film, starring Scarlett Johanssen, and it was one of her early films (before practically anybody knew who she was).
The movie can't compete with the book!

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