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Publisher's Summary

A professor shows a colleague 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 stories that trace 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 human lives. Vreeland's characters remind us, through their love of the mysterious painting, how beauty transforms and why we reach for it, what lasts, and what in our lives is singular and unforgettable.
©1999 Susan Vreeland (P)2001 Highbridge Company
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Critic Reviews

"Intelligent, searching, and unusual...filled with luminous moments...it has a way of lingering in the reader's mind." (The New York Times Book Review)
"One of the best books of the year." (Publishers Weekly)
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4 out of 5 stars
By Sybil on 04-07-03

wonderful

Thought that this was very well done and the readers were excellent. Great story very engaging

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5 out of 5 stars
By Cg West Sayville on 09-17-17

delightful and meaningful

enjoyed it in one sitting. refreshed my appreciation from my younger years discovering this quintessential unique artist..Vermeer
good storytelling by Susan V...juicy but never over the line..facts ..facts about painting and peculiar lifestyle of Zieder Zee. A GOOD Thing





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