The Art Forger
Publication Date: October 2012
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Selected by Indie Booksellers for the November 2012 Indie Next List
“The Art Forger is a clever and gripping story. Claire Roth, a talented artist, finds herself intricately involved in the seedier side of art forgeries when she makes a questionable deal to forge a Degas masterpiece. Just like a fine painting, this is a many-layered literary thriller about love, betrayal, and authenticity. Shapiro builds the story with pitch-perfect suspense and plot twists that you don't see coming. While you are drawn deeply into the story, Shapiro outlines big questions about morality, fame, and truth in a world that is all about creating illusion for the sake of beauty. A masterpiece!”
-- Lanora Haradon, Next Chapter Bookshop, Mequon, WI
Razor-sharp writing and rich plot twists make "The Art Forger" a rousing literary thriller spanning three centuries of forgers, art thieves, and obsessive collectors.
Conversation Starters from ReadingGroupChoices.com
- At the novel's opening, Claire is a pariah in the art world. Has the community been unfair to her? In what ways, if any, is she responsible for her own exile? Does she share any blame for Isaac Cullion's death?