The Miniaturist: A Novel

By | November 17, 2019
The Miniaturist: A Novel Author Jessie Burton
ISBN-10 0062306847
ISBN-13 9780062306845
Year 2015-06-02
Pages 416
Language English
Publisher Ecco
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Set in seventeenth century Amsterdama city ruled by glittering wealth and oppressive religiona masterful debut steeped in atmosphere and shimmering with mystery in the tradition of Emma Donoghue Sarah Waters and Sarah Dunant There is nothing hidden that will not be revealed On a brisk autumn day in 1686 eighteen year old Nella Oortman arrives in Amsterdam to begin a new life as the wife of illustrious merchant trader Johannes Brandt But her new home while splendorous is not welcoming Johannes is kind yet distant always locked in his study or at his warehouse officeleaving Nella alone with his sister the sharp tongued and forbidding Marin But Nellas world changes when Johannes presents her with an extraordinary wedding gift a cabinet sized replica of their home To furnish her gift Nella engages the services of a miniaturistan elusive and enigmatic artist whose tiny creations mirror their real life counterparts in eerie and unexpected ways Johannes gift helps Nella to pierce the closed world of the Brandt household But as she uncovers its unusual secrets she begins to understandand fearthe escalating dangers that await them all In this repressively pious society where gold is worshipped second only to God to be different is a threat to the moral fabric of society and not even a man as rich as Johannes is safe Only one person seems to see the fate that awaits them Is the miniaturist the key to their salvation or the architect of their destruction Enchanting beautiful and exquisitely suspenseful The Miniaturist is a magnificent story of love and obsession betrayal and retribution appearance and truth

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