Pictures at an Exhibition

By Sara Houghteling
(Vintage Books USA, Paperback, 9780307386304, 243pp.)

Publication Date: February 9, 2010

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“Set in Paris during the German occupation of France in World War II, this beautiful first novel is centered around Max, the son of a prestigious art dealer whose entire collection is looted at the beginning of the war. As the novel unfolds, we follow Max through war-torn Paris as he searches for his father's lost collection amongst thieves, fake art-dealers, and destitute Parisians simply trying to get by. Pictures at an Exhibition is both a powerful story about human nature and the risks one takes to survive, and also a wonderfully rendered, touching story about a father and son who, no matter how hard they try, continue to misunderstand and misinterpret each other.”
-- Emily Russo Murtagh, Odyssey Bookshop, South Hadley, MA

A sweeping and sensuous novel of a son's quest to recover his family's lost masterpieces, looted by the Nazis during the occupation.
Max Berenzon's father is the most successful art dealer in Paris, owner of the Berenzon Gallery, home to both Picasso and Matisse. To Max's great surprise, his father forbids him from entering the family business, choosing instead to hire a beautiful and brilliant gallery assistant named Rose ClEment. When Paris falls to the Nazis, the Berenzons survive in hiding, but when they return in 1944 their gallery is empty, their priceless collection vanished. In a city darkened by corruption and black martketers, Max chases his twin obsessions: the lost paintings and Rose ClEment.
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