The bestselling author of The Art Forger and The Muralist delivers a page-turning historical thriller of art and revenge, of history and love, that will transport readers to 1920s Paris and America. It’s the summer of 1922, and nineteen-year-old Paulien Mertens finds herself in Paris—broke, disowned, and completely alone. Everyone in Belgium, including her own family, believes she stole millions in a sophisticated con game perpetrated by her then-fiancé, George Everard. To protect herself from the law and the wrath of those who lost everything, she creates a new identity, a Frenchwoman named Vivienne Gregsby, and sets out to recover her father’s art collection, prove her innocence—and exact revenge on George. When the eccentric and wealthy American art collector Edwin Bradley offers Vivienne the perfect job, she is soon caught up in the Parisian world of post-Impressionists and expatriates—including Gertrude Stein and Henri Matisse, with whom Vivienne becomes romantically entwined. As she travels between Paris and Philadelphia, where Bradley is building an art museum, her life becomes even more complicated: George returns with unclear motives . . . and then Vivienne is arrested for Bradley’s murder. B. A. Shapiro has made the historical art thriller her own. In The Collector’s Apprentice, she gives us an unforgettable tale about the lengths to which people will go for their obsession, whether it be art, money, love, or vengeance.
|Publisher:||Algonquin Books of Chapel Hill|
|Product dimensions:||6.40(w) x 8.90(h) x 1.20(d)|
About the Author
Xe Sands is an award-winning narrator known for her authentic characterizations and intimate delivery. She has more than a decade of experience bringing stories to life through narration, performance, and visual art, and she has been recognized for her engaging romance narrations.
Most Helpful Customer Reviews
4.5 Stars. Having recently been to Paris, and spent a fair amount of time in the art museums and cafes, admiring the paintings, I was immediately captured by the scenes in Paris. Paulien Mertens, who reinvented herself as Vivienne Gregsby, is on trial for murder. Using time cuts to draw the picture of how she came to be in such a situation (and wondering, perhaps, if she actually DID the deed), we see a spoiled, pampered, and naive Belgian girl who becomes a woman, after she is alternatively seduced, cast out, abused, befriended, and courted. Disclaimer: I received a free copy of this work from Algonquin Books. The suspense kept building, the to very end, with several surprises along the way. Vivienne's relationship with Edwin Bradley goes from timid assistant to complete colleague and romantic interest. Along with an entanglement with famed artist Henri Matisse. If you love art, and the idea of "visiting" the artistic salons of Gertrude Stein, you'll probably enjoy this book, based loosely on an interweaving of historical and fictional characters.