The Miniaturist Summary
Jessie Burton

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The Miniaturist Overview

The Miniaturist is a novel by Jessie Burton. Narrated in the third person limited, The Miniaturist tells the story of 18-year-old Nella, a young woman who has just arrived in Amsterdam from her countryside home of Assendelft to live with her new husband, Johannes Brandt, a wealthy merchant in his late thirties. At her new home, Nella meets Johannes's sister Marin, a cool and detached woman, as well as Cornelia and Otto, the home's servants. Nella must learn to navigate her new role as a wife with a revelation about her husband's sexuality, her isolation from her family, and strange packages from a craftswoman known as the miniaturist that seem to predict the future.

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