A sumptuous new look for Tracy Chevalier's bestselling novel. Griet, the young daughter of a tilemaker in seventeeth century Holland, obtains her first job, as a servant in Vermeer's household. Tracy Chevalier shows us, through Griet's eyes, the complicated family, the society of the small town of Delft, and life with an obsessive genius. Griet loves being drawn into his artistic life, and leaving her former drudgery, but the cost to her own survival may be high.


Interest in Vermeer painting sparked novel

I wrote this book because I have always been fascinated with the Dutch painter Johannes Vermeer's works, especially the painting Girl With a Pearl Earring. I am never sure what the girl in it is thinking: sometimes she looks seductive, other times sad. Sometimes she is thirteen years old, other times thirty. I began to wonder what Vermeer said or did to make her look like that, and from that wondering the story emerged.

There is more about this book and how it grew at the website pearlearring.com --This text refers to an out of print or unavailable edition of this title.