The Art Forger

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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 ...

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Overview

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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Editorial Reviews

Review

Boston Globe's Best Crime Books of 2012
2012 NetGalley Pick
Kobo's Best Fiction Ebooks of 2012

The Art Forgeris the real thing.”—USAToday.com

“[A] nimble mystery.”—The New York Times Book Review

"Gripping." —O, The Oprah Magazine

“[A] highly entertaining literary thriller about fine art and foolish choices.” —Parade

"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

"If Bridget Jones's Diary and The Da Vinci Code had a love child, this would be it." —Elle (Reader's Panel Reviewer)

“[Shapiro] has such interesting things to say about authenticity—in both art and love—that her novel becomes not just emotionally involving but addictive.” —Entertainment Weekly

"Ingeniously and skillfully plotted." —The Huffington Post

“Warning: Don’t dig into this book if you have something to do . . . An addictive thriller.”—Redbook

“An engaging tale about art, cupidity, and a Faustian bargain . . . Shapiro convincingly depicts the rarefied art world that lionizes a chosen few and ignores the talented, scrabbling outsiders on the fringe. Shapiro is adept, too, at showing the white-hot heat of an artist engaged in creating a painting. She knows art history, painting techniques, and how forgers have managed through the centuries to dupe buyers into paying for fakes . . . Inventive and entertaining.” —The Boston Globe

“Smart, sexy . . . spellbinding.”Redbookmag.com

“An intelligent, cleverly plotted page-turner.”—Minneapolis Star Tribune

“Engaging storytelling. Intelligent entertainment.”—Kirkus Reviews

From the Publisher
Boston Globe's Best Crime Books of 2012
2012 NetGalley Pick
Kobo's Best Fiction Ebooks of 2012

The Art Forgeris the real thing.”—USAToday.com

“[A] nimble mystery.”—The New York Times Book Review

"Gripping." —O, The Oprah Magazine

“[A] highly entertaining literary thriller about fine art and foolish choices.” —Parade

"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

"If Bridget Jones's Diary and The Da Vinci Code had a love child, this would be it." —Elle (Reader's Panel Reviewer)

“[Shapiro] has such interesting things to say about authenticity—in both art and love—that her novel becomes not just emotionally involving but addictive.” —Entertainment Weekly

"Ingeniously and skillfully plotted." —The Huffington Post

“Warning: Don’t dig into this book if you have something to do . . . An addictive thriller.”—Redbook

“An engaging tale about art, cupidity, and a Faustian bargain . . . Shapiro convincingly depicts the rarefied art world that lionizes a chosen few and ignores the talented, scrabbling outsiders on the fringe. Shapiro is adept, too, at showing the white-hot heat of an artist engaged in creating a painting. She knows art history, painting techniques, and how forgers have managed through the centuries to dupe buyers into paying for fakes . . . Inventive and entertaining.” —The Boston Globe

“Smart, sexy . . . spellbinding.”Redbookmag.com

“An intelligent, cleverly plotted page-turner.”—Minneapolis Star Tribune

“Engaging storytelling. Intelligent entertainment.”—Kirkus Reviews

From the Publisher

Boston Globe’s Best Crime Books of 2012

2012 NetGalley Pick

Kobo’s Best Fiction Ebooks of 2012

"Gripping." —O, The Oprah Magazine


"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

“If Bridget Jones’s Diary and The Da Vinci Code had a love child, this would be it.”—Elle (Reader's Panel Reviewer)

“Ingeniously and skillfully plotted.”—The Huffington Post

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

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

"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

"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

Booklist
“[A] gripping novel.”
O, The Oprah Magazine
Entertainment Weekly
“Addictive.”
Entertainment Weekly
The Washington Post
“Professionally and skillfully read by Xe Sands. This work is highly recommended and will be popular with fans of literary fiction and anyone with an interest in the art world.”
Library Journal [starred review]
USAToday.com
“Filled with delightful twists, turns, and ruminations. . . . Shapiro’s research, well-integrated into a strong premise, captivates.”
Publishers Weekly
Elle Reader's Review
“If Bridget Jones’s Diary and The Da Vinci Code had a love child, this would be it.”
Elle Reader’s Review
The Huffington Post
“Ingeniously and skillfully plotted.”
The Huffington Post
The Oprah Magazine O
“Addictive.”
Entertainment Weekly
Boston Globe
“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
New York Daily News
The Art Forger is the real thing.”
USAToday.com
Redbook
“Ingeniously and skillfully plotted.”
The Huffington Post
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Product Details

  • ISBN-13: 9781616203160
  • Publisher: Algonquin Books of Chapel Hill
  • Publication date: 5/21/2013
  • Pages: 384
  • Sales rank: 957
  • Product dimensions: 5.50 (w) x 8.10 (h) x 1.20 (d)

Meet the Author

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

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Customer Reviews

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  • Anonymous

    Posted October 31, 2012

    Fun Read and Well Crafted Story

    This was such a fun story, especially made for art lovers and museum enthusiasts. Reads like a great beach read; the story is interesting enough that you want to tear through it, but not quite the page-turner of Hunger Games or Gone Girl. Even so, i will read it again, and soon, because of course my curiosity rushed me through.

    Clare's story is told through three different story lines that come together beautifully in the end without redundancies, which impressed me. The first story of her history three years ago: her torrid affair with a married art professor, a tortured artist type, and their "collaborative" painting she paints for him while he suffers a creative block in order that he not miss a great opportunity to show at New York's MOMA.

    The second storyline, told thru letter's of Isabelle Gardner about her friendship with Edgar Degas in 1890's Paris, which will help explore some of the mystery surrounding the Gardner Museum of Boston and the famous unsolved heist of paintings including one masterwork of Degas.

    The current storyline of Clare's life as a struggling artist who pays the rent by painting reproductions of masterworks, specializing in Degas while she bides her time waiting for discovery and a show of her own. Clare is offered an opportunity she cannot pass up from a promiment (and of course superbly attractive) gallery owner, something so great she wonders if it is a deal with the devil... and indeed, it may be.

    It makes for some very fun, very interesting, very imaginative reading!

    13 out of 14 people found this review helpful.

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  • Posted October 23, 2012

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    Captivating!

    Oh wow, this book is just captivating! I wanted to immediately read it again when I was finished! The suspense definitely had me going hours on end with this book and I didn't want to put it down. I kept wanting to know more about Claire's past with Isaac and her future with Aiden, her past with scandal and her future with forgery. When would Claire learn that her dependency on men to get ahead in the world as an artist only causes trouble?

    "When I accepted Markel's offer, I thought I'd be learning at the feet of a master painter; instead, my most powerful lessons have come from a master forger." (loc.1664)

    I had no idea how this book would pan out, and the ending was very satisfying. Perhaps it's because of my own love and hobby of the arts that sparks my intrigue, but the author did a wonderful job in telling this story. The slight of humor, the intensity of seriousness, the lightness in characterization was great! In particular I love the imagery she uses, as well as the metaphors and the personification of the artwork. I will absolutely want to reread this book again, as well as any other books by B.A. Shapiro.

    First Line: "I step back and scrutinize the paintings." (loc. 13)

    Last Line: "And no matter how big the commissions or how great the museums, I suppose I'll never know." (loc. 3815)
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    Quotes

    "The sweet possibility of reclaiming all that's been lost, everything I've ever wanted. But a forger? A pretender? The absolute last thing I want to be." (loc. 152)

    "'It's your call, Claire,' he reminds me. 'I can get someone else if I have to...'
    Someone else? 'Okay,' I tell him. 'I'm in.'" (loc. 404)

    "A writer friend once told me that when she walks into a library anywhere in the world, the smell makes her feel instantly at home." (loc. 730)

    "I'm astonished I was able to fool myself for as long as I did. That I, a self-proclaimed Degas expert, could be so taken in. I felt the truth the first moment I set eyes on the painting, yet I convinced myself otherwise. And I'm not alone." (loc. 1054)

    "A woman who makes a Faustian bargain is not without responsibility." (loc. 3810)

    6 out of 7 people found this review helpful.

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  • Anonymous

    Posted October 31, 2012

    Recommended for art and mystery lovers

    A good mystery about the meaning of art. Highly recommended.

    4 out of 4 people found this review helpful.

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  • Anonymous

    Posted March 29, 2013

    Highly Recommend-Couldn't put it down!

    The Art Forger was recommended to me by my mother's best friend who is very well read...so I knew it was going to be good! This book caught my attention from the beginning! I am from Boston and very familiar with the Isabelle Gardner Museum heist. This past week there has also been a lot of hype due to new evidence in the case. If you like art history and historical fiction then you will love this book.

    3 out of 3 people found this review helpful.

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  • Posted December 9, 2012

    A fun and fascinating mystery. From the first page I was engaged

    A fun and fascinating mystery. From the first page I was engaged in the story and found it difficult to put the book down. The intertwining of fictionalized events involving people who once lived and the facts surrounding the infamous (and still unsolved) theft of 13 works of art from the Garner Museum, coupled with an intriguing what-if scenario about the reappearance of one of those missing treasures decades after the fact make a very satisfying story. Glimpses into the art world and the art of forgery add color and texture without distraction. I highly recommend The Art Forger.

    3 out of 3 people found this review helpful.

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  • Anonymous

    Posted November 28, 2012

    Highly recommend

    I have read a lot of books and I have to say that The Art Forger is my favorite, it just kept me reading when ever I had time to do so. Great book.
    B.A. Shapiro, I can't wait for your next book.

    3 out of 3 people found this review helpful.

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  • Posted January 5, 2013

    Excellent.

    Excellent.

    1 out of 1 people found this review helpful.

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  • Posted December 22, 2012

    Great book. I have no knowledge or particular interest in art, b

    Great book. I have no knowledge or particular interest in art, but the author weaves together a compelling story. 

    1 out of 1 people found this review helpful.

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  • Posted November 27, 2012

    Interesting and informative of the Art World.

    If your interested in oil paintings this is a good story and a look into the art world you may not know.

    1 out of 2 people found this review helpful.

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  • Posted November 27, 2012

    Read it!

    If you like museums, art, impressionism and mysteries this book will keep you interested for one night..... My only concern is that there were no more pages to read

    1 out of 1 people found this review helpful.

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  • Anonymous

    Posted August 8, 2014

    Entertaining

    This story is entertaining and especially interesting to anyone interested in art. The characters are generally well developed, and there are a few plot twists to keep the interest.

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  • Anonymous

    Posted August 2, 2014

    Art contest rules

    1 no more than 15 caricters
    2 no copying( check the other entrys to make sure you are not useing the same idea)
    3 post your name and the name of your artwork

    Hall of fame on hallway last result

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  • Posted August 1, 2014

    Have not read this yet.

    I am saving this book for my summer vacation. I've heard it was very good. I also recommended it to my monthly Book Club and they have included it in our 2014/2015 reading list.

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  • Posted July 4, 2014

    I didn't want this book to end!

    The heroine is very likable,despite some questionable choices. The author puts you right there with her as she is on both sides of the law- volunteer at a prison and being under arrest, and keeps you on your toes as events twist and turn. She is remarkably talented and has a close knit group of friends that you feel a part of.I really enjoyed this book and miss Claire now that it is over.

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  • Anonymous

    Posted June 28, 2014

    Scorge

    Sorry res 5

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  • Anonymous

    Posted June 28, 2014

    Author of TheJockAndTheEmoBoy

    Here

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  • Posted May 11, 2014

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    Great story - couldn't put it down.  A must!

    Great story - couldn't put it down.  A must!

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  • Anonymous

    Posted April 10, 2014

    Good Different Mystery

    Impressed by the stories woven together. Wanted to know more about how a great painting is created and how it is copied. This novel delivers. Also kept me interested to the end. Love beautiful artwork and sketch for fun, but always wondered what it would be like to have real talent or the $ to buy the work in the best galleries and enjoy them on my own walls. This book gave me a little taste of those scenarios.

    0 out of 1 people found this review helpful.

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  • Anonymous

    Posted March 19, 2014

    Excellent heist mystery

    Well written and fast paced mystery. Will definitely be reading more Shapiro works.

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  • Posted January 26, 2014

    Really enjoyed

    I love the Gardner Museum and the Boston setting. It held my interest through out. I find the whole heist business fascinating.

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