Jessie burton nimbly transports contemporary social issues to the 17th century where a costume drama rich in historical detail is embellished with supernatural intrigue the miniaturist is a late harvest summer delight new york daily news. The miniaturist by jessie burton really took me by surprise this historical fiction novel really pulled me in and left me guessing with its short chapters and strong developed characters this novel was just as addicting as it was delightful. The miniaturist is the first novel by british author jessie burton amsterdam in the late 1680s is a prosperous place for merchants of the voc dutch east india company when eighteen year old petronella oortman newly married to wealthy merchant johannes brandt arrives at his luxurious home on the herengracht she is nervous but expectant . Jessie burtons debut novel the miniaturist looks at the life of a newlywed living in 17th century amsterdam where her husband creates a cabinet replica of their house
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