This morning I asked students to choose a book. Giulia choose this wonderful novel.

The author brings readers to a past time and place in this lavishly portrait of the young woman who inspired one of Vermeer’s most celebrated paintings. Yet Vermeer’s extraordinary paintings of domestic life, with their subtle play of light and texture, have come to define the Dutch golden age.

History and fiction merge seamlessly in this radiant novel about artistic vision and sensual awakening. Girl with a Pearl Earring tells the story of sixteen-year-old Griet, whose life is transformed by her brief encounter with genius . . . even as she herself is immortalized in canvas and oil.