Chevalier is one of those authors who churns out a few gems, and then makes you wait for the next one. I"m currently waiting, having read all of her previous. This one, 'Girl with Pearl Earring' is her best IMHO, but 'Remarkable Creatures' and 'Lady and the Unicorn' are lovely, too. Chevalier writes with such care: every single word counts. I just love an author who doesn't waste my time.