Waiting On Wednesday: "The Miniaturist" by Jessie Burton

Wednesday, March 05, 2014

Waiting On Wednesday is a weekly event, hosted at Breaking the Spine, that spotlights upcoming releases that bloggers are eagerly anticipating!

The book I'm most looking forward to this week is...

The Miniaturist by Jessie Burton

Release Date: July 3, 2014
Publisher: Picador
Genre: Fiction / Historical Fiction

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.

Why I'm excited:
Let me count the reasons why...
  1. This book has been compared to The Golem and the Jinni, one of the books I just can't stop talking about.
  2. The Miniaturist was apparently the most buzzed-about book of the 2013 London Book Fair.
  3. Escapist fiction with a historical bent is right up my alley. And I love the quirkiness of a miniaturist - which is something I've never really heard of before.

What are you waiting on this week?