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Book Cover, The Miniaturist by Jessie Burton  Monday, December 5th at 7:00pm

The Miniaturist by Jessie Burton 

Now a television miniseries, as seen on Masterpiece on PBS

Set in seventeenth century Amsterdam—a city ruled by glittering wealth and oppressive religion—a 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 office—leaving Nella alone with his sister, the sharp-tongued and forbidding Marin.

But Nella’s 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 miniaturist—an 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 understand—and fear—the 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.

Fantasy 2022 Book List

January (Special meeting) - The Kingston Cycle “Stormsong” and “Soulstar” by C.L. Polk
February - The Mote in God’s Eye by Larry Niven and Jerry Pournelle
April - Shadow and Bone by Leigh Bardugo
May - Special Meeting Siege and Storm AND Ruin and Rising by Leigh Bardugo
June - The Last Wish by Andrzej Sapkowski
August - The Red Knight by Miles Cameron
October - The Darker Shade of Magic by V.E. Schwab
November (Special meeting) - A Gathering of Shadows AND A Conjuring of Light by V.E. Schwab
December - The Miniaturist by Jessie Burton  

 

Fantasy 2023 Book List
January - The Amulet of Samarkand (A Bartimaeus Novel #1) by Jonathan Stroud
February - His Majesty's Dragon (Temeraire #1) by Naomi Novik
March - Assassin's Apprentice: The Farseer Trilogy Book 1 by Robin Hobb
April - Mistborn: The Final Empire (The Mistborn Saga #1) by Brandon Sanderson
May - The Princess Bride: S. Morgenstern's Classic Tale of True Love and High Adventure by William Goldman
June - Caraval by Stephanie Garber
July - no meeting
August - The Lies of Locke Lamora (Gentleman Bastards #1) by Scott Lynch
September - no meeting
October - Daughter of the Moon Goddess: A Novel (Celestial Kingdom #1) by Sue Lynn Tan
November - Gideon the Ninth (The Locked Tomb Series #1) by Tamsyn Muir
December - Before the Coffee Gets Cold by Toshikazu Kawaguchi

 

 

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The Miniaturist: A Novel By Jessie Burton Cover Image
$16.99
ISBN: 9780062306845
Availability: Usually Ships in 1-5 Days
Published: Ecco - June 2nd, 2015