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Subject: Susan Vreeland, Writer

Dead at 71
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Date Posted: Monday, September 04, 11:28:19am

Susan Vreeland, who drew on her love of art to fashion well-regarded novels about paintings and those who paint or own them, died on Aug. 23 in San Diego. She was 71.
The cause was complications of heart surgery, her longtime agent, Barbara Braun, said.

Among Ms. Vreeland’s best-known books is her second novel, “Girl in Hyacinth Blue” (1999), about a fictional painting that may be a lost Vermeer. It traces the painting’s various owners through history, illuminating them, their times and the artwork. She wrote the book while being treated for lymphoma.
“I remember the first time, after a bone-marrow transplant and the 100 days of solitude and confinement that followed, the world was glorious,” she once told an interviewer. “Every little blade of grass was sticking up and doing its part to make the world glorious, every breeze was a blessing.”



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