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Tracy Chevalier    

Historical Novelist Best Known for Her Second Novel, "Girl with a Pearl Earring"

Tracy Chevalier pulls stories from paintings and historical episodes, finding the human thread behind opaque images.

Her best-known book is Girl With a Pearl Earring, inspired by a Vermeer painting; other books include The Lady and the Unicorn and Burning Bright, about two children who become neighbours of William Blake.

Her upcoming book, The Last Runaway, tells a story from the Underground Railroad.

For the anthology Imagined Lives, she wrote about an unknown portrait sitter whom she calls "Rosy."

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