Girl in Hyacinth Blue

by Susan Vreeland

A professor invites a colleague from the art department to his home to view a painting he has kept secret for decades in Susan Vreeland’s powerful historical novel, Girl in HyacinthBlue.

  • Paperback
  • Pages: 242 pages
  • Average Rating: 3.71 out of 5
  • Published October 1st 2000 by Penguin Books
  • Original Title: Girl in Hyacinth Blue
  • ISBN: 014029628X (ISBN13: 9780140296280)
  • Edition Language: English
  • Literary Awards: Book Sense Book of the Year Honor Book for Adult (2000)
  • San Diego Theodor S. Geisel Award (2000)

A professor invites a colleague from the art department to his home to view a painting he has kept secret for decades in Susan Vreeland’s powerful historical novel, Girl in Hyacinth Blue. The professor swears it’s a Vermeer — but why exactly has he kept it hidden so long? The reasons unfold in a gripping sequence of stories that trace ownership of the work back to Amsterdam during World War II and still further to the moment of the painting’s inception.