The Art Forger
by B. A. Shapiro
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Pub Date 23 Oct 2012 | Archive Date 24 Nov 2012
Algonquin Books of Chapel Hill, Algonquin Books
Almost twenty-five years after the infamous art heist at the Isabella Stewart Gardner Museum—still the largest unsolved art theft in history—one of the stolen Degas paintings is delivered to the Boston studio of a young artist. Claire Roth has entered into a Faustian bargain with a powerful gallery owner by agreeing to forge the Degas in exchange for a one-woman show in his renowned gallery. But as she begins her work, she starts to suspect that this long-missing masterpiece—the very one that had been hanging at the Gardner for one hundred years—may itself be a forgery. The Art Forger is a thrilling novel about seeing—and not seeing—the secrets that lie beneath the canvas.
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“Barbara Shapiro’s engaging journey into the world of art forgery will not only keep you as entertained as any thriller, but leave you with a new appreciation of how paintings are made, and evaluated, and understood—not to mention how they’re copied. I look forward to reading more from its very clever creator.”—Arthur Golden, bestselling author of Memoirs of a Geisha
“The Art Forger is a clever, twisty novel about art, authenticity, love, and betrayal. B.A. Shapiro knows about Degas, and she knows about art theft and forgery, and she also knows how to tell a gripping story.”—Tom Perrotta
“As the world continues to wait for news of the thirteen paintings stolen from the Isabella Stewart Gardner Museum in 1990, The Art Forger offers an imaginative alternate history of the collection and a captivating glimpse into the shadowy possibilities that surround the story of that inexplicable and audacious heist.”—Katharine Weber, author of The Music Lesson and Objects in Mirror Are Closer Than They Appear
“Shapiro’s blazingly good novel does what the best books do—she drops you where you’ve never been before, into the whole, crackingly alive world of art galleries, art forgeries, and the unexpected recesses of the human heart, where what we do for what we love can have terrifying consequences. As original as a real Degas, it’s also as unforgettable.”—Caroline Leavitt, New York Times bestselling author of Pictures of You
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