THE GOLDEN TULIP
PUBLISHED: Eyre Methuen U.K.1989, Doubleday U.S 1989
Republished in 2007 by Three Rivers/Crown
A Sweeping tale of family, political intrigue, and obsession
Francesca's father is a well-known painter in the bustling port city of Amsterdam; he is also a gambler. Though their household is in economic chaos, thankfully the lessons she learned in his studio have prepared her to study with Johannes Vermeer, the master of Delft.
When she arrives to begin her apprenticeship, Francesca is stunned to find rules, written in her father's hand, insisting that she give up the freedoms she once enjoyed at home—including her friendship with Pieter van Doorne, a tulip merchant. Unaware of a terrible bargain her father has made against her future, Francesca pursues her growing affection for Pieter even as she learns to paint like Vermeer, in layers of light.
As her talent blooms, "tulip mania" sweeps the land, and fortunes are being made on a single bulb. What seems like a boon for Pieter instead reveals the extent of the betrayal of Francesca's father. And as the two learn the true nature of the obstacles in their path, a patron of Francesca’s father determines to do anything in his power to ensure she stays within the limits that have been set for her.
The Golden Tulip brings one of the most exciting periods of Dutch history alive, creating a page-turning novel that is as vivid and unforgettable as a Vermeer painting.
THE GOLDEN TULIP
"Unabashedly romantic....tightly woven....swift-moving and filled with lusty characters.”
"Richly reminiscent of Tracy Chevalier’s Girl with a Pearl Earring. A masterpiece!”
Karen Harper, author of The Last Boleyn
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The Golden Tulip