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"Feminist golden-age fiction" is how The Miniaturist was billed during publisher bidding wars over the rights, but even that hardly renders full justice to the debut of Londoner Jessie Burton. Set in late 17th century Amsterdam, this richly researched fiction traces the story of new arrival Nella Oortman, an 18-year-old recently yoked to 39-year-old merchant Johannes Brandt, who clearly seems more married to commerce than to his wife. His wedding gift of an expensive replica of their home becomes the focus of Nella's imaginative life and she engages a miniaturist to furnish its empty rooms. But when new pieces begin to arrive unbidden, the inexperienced teenager is startled by glimmers of an unfolding fate.... A Discover Great New Writers selection; editor's recommendation.