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Wednesday, October 17, 2012

“Waiting On” Wednesday: The Art Forger

“Waiting On” Wednesday is a weekly event, hosted here, that spotlights upcoming releases that we're eagerly anticipating. This week's pre-publication “can't-wait-to-read” selection is:

The Art Forger by B.A. Shapiro

Synopsis from the publisher:
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.

Publishing October 23, 2012 by Algonquin Books of Chapel Hill.

2 comments:

biochemguy said...

I hadn't heard of this one before so thank you for selecting it! Not sure that I will read it as it isn't in my usual array of genres but thanks for sharing! ^.^ If you would like to check out my Waiting On Wednesday you can do so here. :)

Anna Jorgensen said...

I am so excited to hear about this since I love the Isabella Stewart Gardner Museum. It's my all time favorite art museum. Fantastic pick. Please check out my WoW

Anna @ Wandering Librarians