Saturday, September 6, 2014

The Miniaturist

Tapestry. I didn’t fully appreciate how much Jessie Burton accomplished in her debut novel, The Miniaturist, until I finished it. Set in 17th century Amsterdam, the novel’s protagonist matures within a short period of time from an eighteen-year-old naïve bride to a decisive and responsible woman. Burton’s prose is exquisite: descriptive enough to bring the places to life, but never overdone. Most of the characters are outcasts of one form or another, and struggle to establish their place within an intolerant society. As with all good novels, things are not as they appear, especially when it comes to wealth or success. Burton plays that out with great skill and to the satisfaction of those readers who enjoy finely written prose and can tolerate suspending enough disbelief to go where the author leads us. Rating: Five-star (I love it) Click here to purchase The Miniaturist from

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