Girl With a Pearl Earring

Girl With a Pearl Earring

A Novel

Additional Formats
  • Paperback
  • ISBN 9780452282155
  • 240 Pages
  • Plume
  • Adult


The New York Times bestselling novel by the author of Remarkable Creatures and The Last Runaway

Translated into thirty-nine languages and made into an Oscar-nominated film, starring Scarlett Johanson and Colin Firth

Tracy Chevalier transports readers to a bygone time and place in this richly-imagined portrait of the young woman who inspired one of Vermeer’s most celebrated paintings.

History and fiction merge seamlessly in this luminous novel about artistic vision and sensual awakening. Girl with a Pearl Earring tells the story of sixteen-year-old Griet, whose life is transformed by her brief encounter with genius . . . even as she herself is immortalized in canvas and oil.

Girl With a Pearl Earring

Girl With a Pearl Earring

Tracy Chevalier


Alex Award – Winner
Barnes and Noble Discover Great New Writers Award – Winner
Orange Prize for Fiction – Winner
NYPL Books to Remember – Winner


“A portrait of radiance…Chevalier brings the real artist Vermeer and a fictional muse to life in a jewel of a novel.”–Time magazine

“A vibrant, sumptuous novel…triumphant…a beautifully written tale that mirrors the elegance of the painting that inspired it.”–The Wall Street Journal

“The richest, most rewarding novel I have read this year.”–The Cleveland Plain Dealer

“Outstanding.” –USA Today

“Marvelously evocative.”–The New York Times

“Superb…vividly captures the world of 17th century Delft.”–The San Francisco Chronicle

“Tracy Chevalier has so vividly imagined the life of the painter and his subject that you say to yourself: This is the way it must have been.” –The Milwaukee Journal Sentinel

“A jewel of a novel.”–The Miami Herald

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