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ISBN13: 9781616203160
ISBN10: 1616203161
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On March 18, 1990, thirteen works of art worth today over $500 million were stolen from the Isabella Stewart Gardner Museum in Boston. It remains the largest unsolved art heist in history, and Claire Roth, a struggling young artist, is about to discover that there’s more to this crime than meets the eye.

Claire makes her living reproducing famous works of art for a popular online retailer. Desperate to improve her situation, she lets herself be lured into a Faustian bargain with Aiden Markel, a powerful gallery owner. She agrees to forge a painting — one of the Degas masterpieces stolen from the Gardner Museum — in exchange for a one-woman show in his renowned gallery. But when the long-missing Degas painting — the one that had been hanging for one hundred years at the Gardner — is delivered to Claire’s studio, she begins to suspect that it may itself be a forgery.

Claire’s search for the truth about the painting’s origins leads her into a labyrinth of deceit where secrets hidden since the late nineteenth century may be the only evidence that can now save her life. B. A. Shapiro’s razor-sharp writing and rich plot twists make The Art Forger an absorbing literary thriller that treats us to three centuries of forgers, art thieves, and obsessive collectors. it’s a dazzling novel about seeing — and not seeing — the secrets that lie beneath the canvas.

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"Precise and exciting....Readers seeking an engaging novel about artists and art scandals will find The Art Forger rewarding for its skillful balance of brisk plotting, significant emotional depth and a multi-layered narration rich with a sense of moral consequence." The Washington Post

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"If Bridget Jones's Diary and The Da Vinci Code had a love child, this would be it." Elle

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"Ingeniously and skillfully plotted." The Huffington Post

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"A cleverly plotted art-world thriller/romance...convincingly researched, engaging storytelling. Intelligent entertainment." Kirkus Reviews

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"Filled with delightful twists, turns, and ruminations on what constitutes truth in art." Publishers Weekly

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"By page two of this novel, the reader is fully engrossed into the world of struggling artist Claire Roth, nicknamed 'The Great Pretender' who copies famous paintings for a website called Reproductions.com....A highly recommended debut that would be great for book discussion groups." Library Journal

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"Classy and pleasurably suspenseful...an entrancingly visual, historically rich, deliciously witty, sensuous, and smart tale of authenticity versus fakery in which Shapiro artfully turns a clever caper into a provocative meditation on what we value most." Booklist

About the Author

B. A. Shapiro lives in Boston and teaches fiction writing at Northeastern university. Author website: www.BAShapiroBooks.com.

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Karen Rush, June 8, 2014 (view all comments by Karen Rush)
The Art Forger is a very good mystery filled with fascinating facts about the art industry. It revolves around reproductions, art forgery and a missing masterpiece. The fictional story is based on a real event - the largest art heist ever in which 13 works of art from masters as Rembrandt, Vermeer and Degas were stolen from the Gardner Museum in Boston. I loved the main character, Claire. She is a talented but struggling artist, who a few years earlier, was shunned by the art world thru no fault of her own. She has an exceptional abilities and expertise in the art of reproduction and I pulled for her as she struggles to get the recognition she deserves. The development of the additional characters was well done - the obsessive collectors, devious painters and art dealers. I appreciate the author’s extensive study in the world of masterpieces.
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Heather G, July 12, 2013 (view all comments by Heather G)
This book is part mystery, part history and has a plot that will draw you in. It centers around the 1990 heist from the Isabella Stewart Gardner Museum in Boston, in which 13 works were stolen, including a Rembrandt, a Vermeer, and 3 Degas. The fictional story centers around a struggling artist who gets recruited to make a copy of one of the works. But in many twists and turns, it becomes unclear what is real, and what is fake. And that applies to both works of art and various characters in the story. Interesting food for thought quoted in this book: an estimated 40% of all art works for sale each year are forgeries. Wow! Is the art on the walls of museums priceless, just because it is "signed," even if it might be fake?!? Like good historical fiction, this book is an informative and dramatic look into another world -- the art world.
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Product Details

ISBN:
9781616203160
Author:
Shapiro, B. A.
Publisher:
Algonquin Books
Subject:
Literature-A to Z
Subject:
General Fiction
Subject:
Fiction : Literary
Subject:
Fiction : Thrillers
Subject:
FICTION / Thrillers / General
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Publication Date:
20130521
Binding:
Paperback
Language:
English
Pages:
384
Dimensions:
8.25 x 5.5 in

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Product details 384 pages Algonquin Books - English 9781616203160 Reviews:
"Review" by , "Precise and exciting....Readers seeking an engaging novel about artists and art scandals will find The Art Forger rewarding for its skillful balance of brisk plotting, significant emotional depth and a multi-layered narration rich with a sense of moral consequence." The Washington Post
"Review" by , "If Bridget Jones's Diary and The Da Vinci Code had a love child, this would be it." Elle
"Review" by , "Ingeniously and skillfully plotted." The Huffington Post
"Review" by , "A cleverly plotted art-world thriller/romance...convincingly researched, engaging storytelling. Intelligent entertainment." Kirkus Reviews
"Review" by , "Filled with delightful twists, turns, and ruminations on what constitutes truth in art." Publishers Weekly
"Review" by , "By page two of this novel, the reader is fully engrossed into the world of struggling artist Claire Roth, nicknamed 'The Great Pretender' who copies famous paintings for a website called Reproductions.com....A highly recommended debut that would be great for book discussion groups." Library Journal
"Review" by , "Classy and pleasurably suspenseful...an entrancingly visual, historically rich, deliciously witty, sensuous, and smart tale of authenticity versus fakery in which Shapiro artfully turns a clever caper into a provocative meditation on what we value most." Booklist
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