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Vincent and Theo

Vincent and Theo

The Van Gogh Brothers

Deborah Heiligman

Henry Holt and Co. (BYR)




From the author of National Book Award finalist Charles and Emma comes an incredible story of brotherly love.

The deep and enduring friendship between Vincent and Theo Van Gogh shaped both brothers' lives. Confidant, champion, sympathizer, friend—Theo supported Vincent as he struggled to find his path in life. They shared everything, swapping stories of lovers and friends, successes and disappointments, dreams and ambitions. Meticulously researched, drawing on the 658 letters Vincent wrote to Theo during his lifetime, Deborah Heiligman weaves a tale of two lives intertwined and the extraordinary love of the Van Gogh brothers.

YALSA Award for Excellence in Nonfiction Finalist, Horn Book Magazine Fanfare List, BCCB Blue Ribbon Award, Booklist Editors' Choice, Texas TAYSHAS High School Reading List, NYPL Books for the Teen Age, CPL: Chicago Public Library Best of the Best, Publishers Weekly Best Books of the Year, School Library Best Books of the Year, Kirkus Best Teen Books of the Year, Boston Globe - Horn Book Award




There was a time when I loved Vincent very much, and he was my best friend, but that’s over now.

—Theo van Gogh to his sister Willemien, March 14,...


Praise for Vincent and Theo

Boston Globe–Horn Book Awards Winner, Nonfiction

"A remarkably insightful, profoundly moving story of fraternal interdependence and unconditional love." —Kirkus, starred review, on Vincent and Theo: The Van Gogh Brothers

"A breathtaking achievement that will leave teens eager to learn more." —School Library Journal, starred review, on Vincent and Theo: The Van Gogh Brothers

"In fittingly painterly language, Heiligman offers vivid descriptions of Vincent’s artwork and life, which grow more detailed and colorful as Vincent’s own artistic style becomes richer and more refined . . . This illuminating glimpse into the van Goghs’ turbulent life and historical period will add compelling depth to readers’ understanding of the iconic painter. " —Booklist, starred review, on Vincent and Theo: The Van Gogh Brothers

"A unique and riveting exploration of art, artists, and brotherly love." —The Horn Book, starred review, on Vincent and Theo: The Van Gogh Brothers

"An intensive exploration of their turbulent lives" —Publishers Weekly, starred review, on Vincent and Theo: The Van Gogh Brothers

"This title is a treasure for readers who want to immerse in a roiling domestic drama and who don’t back away from a good cry" —The Bulletin, starred review, on Vincent and Theo: The Van Gogh Brothers

"Passion, intimacy and family love propel this masterful, suitably impressionistic portrait of the relationship of artist Vincent Van Gogh and his brother Theo. . . . thorough familiarity with the brothers’ copious correspondence; sensitivity and originality in reading it, and alertness to the imaginative afterlife of seemingly simple exchanges make this revelatory, compulsive reading. Highly recommended." —The Toronto Star, on Vincent and Theo: The Van Gogh Brothers

"Heiligman’s writing is evocative; it is lyrical, and the scenes seem like paintings. She deftly explores the characters’ inner lives and gives insight into the attitude people of the day had about mental illness." —VOYA, on Vincent and Theo: The Van Gogh Brothers

Charles and Emma:

National Book Award Finalist

"The unlikely, and happy marriage of Charles Darwin and Emma Wedgewood comes to life in Heiligman's intelligent and fast-moving book." —New York Times Book Review

"With empathy, humor and insight, Heiligman proves the truth of the maxim that behind every great man there is indeed a great woman. There have been many Darwin-themed books published this year . . . this is clearly the best." —

"This is the 'wow' biography on the Darwins—meticulously researched, richly rendered and rewarding every step of the way." —San Francisco Chronicle

Reviews from Goodreads

About the author

Deborah Heiligman

Deborah Heiligman has written many books for children, including National Book Award Finalist Charles and Emma: The Darwins' Leap of Faith and The Boy Who Loved Math. She lives with her family in New York City.

Deborah Heiligman

From the Publisher

Henry Holt and Co. (BYR)

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