This beautifully written novel is centered around a seventeenth-century Dutch painting. It follows the story of its creator, the man who inherits it, and the woman hired to create a forgery. While the book spans a few countries and time periods, its focus always remains on its engaging characters.
Highly evocative of time and place, this stunning novel explores a triumvirate of fate, choice, and consequence and is worthy of comparison to Tracy Chevalier’s “Girl with a Pearl Earring “and Donna Tartt’s “The Goldfinch “.” . . “Just as a painter may utilize thousands of fine brushstrokes, Smith slowly creates a masterly, multilayered story that will dazzle readers of fine historical fiction. Library Journal (starred review)
Gliding gracefully from grungy 1950s Brooklyn to the lucent interiors of Golden Age Holland and the sun-splashed streets of contemporary Sydney, the novel links the lives of two troubled, enigmatic, and hugely talented young women, one of them an artist, the other, her forger. A page-turning book with much to say about the pain and exhilaration of art and life. Geraldine Brooks, author of “The Secret Chord”