Girl in Hyacinth Blue by Susan Vreeland

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.

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The 1713th greatest fiction book of all time


This book is on the following lists:

  1. - 63rd on Top 100 World Literature Titles (Perfection Learning)

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Name Binding Sales Rank Lowest New Lowest Used Published
Girl in Hyacinth Blue Paperback 3928856 $6.90 $0.02 2002
(GIRL IN HYACINTH BLUE BY Vreeland, Susan(Author))Girl in Hyacinth Blue[Paperback]Penguin Books(Publisher) Paperback 3956485 $12.20 $1.87 1999
Girl in Hyacinth Blue Hardcover 496398 $3.77 $0.01 1999
Girl in Hyacinth Blue Audio CD 1407469 $5.53 $3.00 2001
Girl in Hyacinth Blue Mass Market Paperback 2698896 $5.98
Girl in Hyacinth Blue Paperback 2964226 $1.80 $0.01 2000
By Susan Vreeland Girl in Hyacinth Blue (First Edition) Hardcover 801555 $16.55 $6.91 1999
Girl in Hyacinth Blue 2000 publication Paperback 3941013 $5.95 $3.90 1999
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Madchen In Hyazinthblau = Girl in Hyacinth Blue (German Edition) Paperback 6780817 $26.84 $6.78 2002
Girl in Hyacinth Blue Paperback 52969 $3.09 $0.01 2000
Lisette's List: A Novel Paperback 166613 $7.00 $0.94 2015
Clara and Mr. Tiffany: A Novel Paperback 189083 $8.05 $1.17 2012
Girl in Hyacinth Blue (RosettaBooks into Film) Kindle Edition 51427 $8.99 2012
GIRL IN HYACINTH BLUE (A luminous tale about art and human experience that is as breathtaking as any Vermeer painting) " A little gem of a novel...(a) beautifully written exploration of the power of art. " Paperback 3333462 $0.29