The film adaptation of Girl with a Pearl Earring was released my freshman year in college (I think January of 2004), and for one of my Much Ado about English (the intro course to my major) projects, I wrote a comparison of the film with the book (spoiler: the book is so much better). Thus began my craze for Tracy Chevalier novels. My favorite to this day is Falling Angels, though I also very much like Remarkable Creatures, The Lady and the Unicorn, and Girl with a Pearl Earring. I’ve decided that Chevalier is a terrific writer, though some of her subject areas in her novels are not always of the most interest to me personally. I would place Burning Bright, The Virgin Blue, and At the Edge of the Orchard in the latter category. I explain why in my full review, which can be found on my blog.
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