The House of Fortune - Richard & Judy Book Club Pick Summer 2023
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In the long-awaited follow-up to The Miniaturist which closed with the welcome birth of Thea to the Brandt household, we pick up 18 years later, revisiting characters Nella, Thea's aunt, Otto, her father and Cordelia, the long-time maid of the household.
It's 1705 Amsterdam and Thea Brandt is coming of age. She's drawn to the mystique of the theatre and artistic life, but her family is in serious financial difficulty, selling paintings just to get by, so the pressure is on for her to marry for money. While her aunt and father believe the solution to their woes lies in Thea's betrothal, Thea is seeking solace in the arms of her secret love Walter, the set-painter at the theatre.
When an unexpected invitation to Amsterdam's most exclusive ball seems like a golden opportunity for Thea to find a wealthy husband. But when a miniature figure of Walter turns up on Thea's doorstep, it becomes clear that someone out there has another fate in mind for the family.
About the Author
- Contributor: Jessie Burton
- Imprint: Picador
- ISBN13: 9781509886104
- Number of Pages: 416
- Packaged Dimensions: 130x196x31mm
- Packaged Weight: 306
- Format: Paperback
- Publisher: Pan Macmillan
- Release Date: 2023-07-06
- Binding: Paperback / softback
- Biography: Jessie Burton is the author of the Sunday Times number one and New York Times bestsellers The Miniaturist and The Muse, as well as the Sunday Times bestseller The Confession and the children's books The Restless Girls and Medusa. In its year of publication The Miniaturist sold over a million copies worldwide, and in 2017 it was adapted into a major TV series for BBC One. Her novels have been translated into forty languages, and she is a regular essay writer for newspapers and magazines. She lives in London.