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3 out of 53 out of 53 out of 53 out of 53 out of 5 3.00 (17,714 ratings) (rate this audio book) Author: Susan Vreeland Narrator: Loren Lester, Sheryl Bernstein, Martin Ferrero, Gigi Bermingham Publisher: Highbridge Audio Format: Unabridged Audiobook Delivery: Instant Download Audio Length: Release Date:
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Picture this: "A most extraordinary painting in which a young girl wearing a short blue smock over a rust-colored skirt sat in profile at a table by an open window." Susan Vreeland imagined just such a humble domestic scene, suggested it was created in 17th-century Holland, and attributed it to Jan Vermeer. Then she wrote a beguiling novel about this canvas, which so closely resembles the 35 extant works of the Dutch master that it might as well be one of his—long, lost, finally found, and as exquisite as ever. The artistic journey Vreeland recounts begins in present-day Pennsylvania, where a schoolteacher claims he owns an authentic Vermeer, a legacy from his late father, who acquired it under heinous circumstances: a Nazi officer, the father had looted it from the home of Dutch Jews.

Moving back in time and across the Atlantic, Vreeland traces the treasured painting from owner to owner. Ultimately, she ends the odyssey in Delft, where the painting's haunting subject is identified and tells her own poignant story about the picture's origins.

Each of the eight linked chapters has an irresistible painterly quality—finely wrought, artfully illuminated, and subtly executed. Together, they constitute a literary masterpiece, one that the New York Times Book Review praised as "intelligent, searching, and unusual... filled with luminous moments; like the painting it describes so well."

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  • 3 out of 53 out of 53 out of 53 out of 53 out of 5 by Huma | 2/9/2014

    " an entertaining read, but without substance. "

  • 3 out of 53 out of 53 out of 53 out of 53 out of 5 by Kim | 2/7/2014

    " Essentially this is a collection of short stories revolving the ownership of a Vermeer painting. I enjoyed this book for the most part. I did have a little trouble remembering how each owner came to have the painting in their posession but only because I was captivated by what one piece of art can mean to so many different people and their own stories around the painting. "

  • 5 out of 55 out of 55 out of 55 out of 55 out of 5 by Molly | 2/5/2014

    " Historical Fiction + Mystery + Geneology + a dash of sexy = Great. "

  • 4 out of 54 out of 54 out of 54 out of 54 out of 5 by Anita | 2/4/2014

    " This is a series of short stories about the owners of a possible Vermeer painting. It's an interesting premise, I enjoyed learning about Holland and Vermeer. It made me think more about art. I think I now need to read The Girl with the Pearl Earring. "

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