(Girl with the Pearl Earring, The Lady and the Unicorn, Burning Bright, Remarkable Creatures)
Fans of historical novels and literary novels enjoy Chevalier’s work. She crafts wonderful historical locales, richly and evocatively displaying a sense of time and place. Readers interested in art and artists’ lives might also be drawn to her books, where the endurance of art is a major theme. Chevalier presents the domestic side of history, with an elegant style and nuanced characters.
If you enjoy Chevalier’s books, you might like:
Sarah Dunant (try In the Company of the Courtesan for lush descriptions of Renaissance Venice, well-researched history, and engaging characters)
Susan Vreeland (Vreeland’s novels are also inspired by paintings, the allure of art, and uses a literary writing style. Try Girl in Hyacinth Blue or Luncheon of the Boating Party)
Stephanie Cowell (if you enjoy novels that explore artists’ lives, you might like Claude and Camille: A Novel of Monet)
Elizabeth Kostova (if you most enjoy Chevalier’s theme of enduring art, you might like The Swan Thieves, a story of art and obsession)