Introducing: Tracy Chevalier

Today I’m taking a break from the classics to discuss a newer yet equally enjoyable author: Tracy Chevalier.

She is best known for her historical fiction novel, Girl with a Pearl Earring, which was later adapted for film, starring Scarlet Johansson and Colin Firth. Inspired by Vermeer’s painting (by the same name), Chevalier set out to bring mid-1600s Holland to life, and she does so with flair! Browsing further back into her other books, readers can find similar art and literature themes: ancient tapestries, French nobility, gothic cemetaries and even a fictional account of life as the neighbour of William Blake.

For inspiration, Chevalier credits the Canadian poet and writer, Margaret Atwood as her favourite living author. In one interview she declares, “I admire Margaret Atwood a lot. Her writing is consistently fine, she tackles a wide range of subjects, and she’s managed to avoid the cult of the author.” Other influences include heavy-hitters such as Barbara Kingsolver and Toni Morrisson, as well as a penchant for children’s literature with Anne of Green Gables, Little House in the Big Woods, and Harriet the Spy topping the list.

Hear a bit from the author herself on how she writes and where she derives inspiration from:

For more on Tracy Chevalier, head over to her Infloox page.

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4 Comments on “Introducing: Tracy Chevalier”

  1. reviewsbylola Says:

    Although I’ve read a few of Tracy Chevalier’s books, I didn’t know much about her, so your post is enlightening, especially the portion about Margaret Atwood.

  2. Nicole Says:

    I love Tracy Chevalier. When I first picked up one of her books I was pleasantly surprised by her talent. I love what she said about Margaret Atwood (she’s one of my favorites).

    • infloox Says:

      thanks both of you for commenting! I love Chevalier’s work and was also really interested in finding the range of authors that she lists as her top picks. Now I’ve been turned onto a few new authors, thanks to her 🙂

  3. Sandy Says:

    I loved Girl with a Pearl Earring and after reading this am also keen to start the Margaret Atwood book that has been sitting in my reading pile for a few months now.


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