David goes out to pasture. Uh, we mean, he decides the only eggs that shall touch his lips hereafter shall be pastured.
Secrets! Hypocrisy! Greed! Lust! Violence! It sounds like a good old-fashioned bodice-ripper, doesn't it? The basic premise: In 17th-century Holland, young Petronella Oortmann is a country girl married off to a powerful, wealthy, older Amsterdam merchant. He's distant yet kind to her. As a show of his affection, he gives her a nine-room cabinet that is a miniature of their home. (The actual cabinet, which inspired the author Jessie Burton, is in the Rijksmuseum.) In her quest to fill it, with the help of the miniaturist of the title, secrets are revealed, plots are twisted, and fates are meted. read more