Book Recommendation (and Giveaway): The Art Forger by B.A. Shapiro
The Art Forger by B.A. Shapiro, 355 pages, Algonquin books, October 2012
Claire Roth is a young artist with a career that was over before it began. Her attempt at coming clean in a previous art scandal had blackballed her in the Boston art scene, forcing her to work as a reproduction artist making copies of famous works. Her uncanny talent to copy masterpieces, however, does not go unnoticed and is approached by one of the hottest art galleries in Boston. But it’s for a reproduction job that could do more than just end her career.
This literary thriller was such a great read! If I didn’t know better, I would have thought B.A. Shapiro was a struggling artist in the Bohemian bowels of Boston. She did her research so well that each and every brushstroke was even more believable than the last. I swear I could smell turpentine when I flipped the pages. I have a whole new appreciation for what artists go through to create what’s in their hearts. It resembles the writing life but without the paint fumes.
She tells an intriguing story of scandal and forgery in the art world which I was completely enamored with. This is a contemporary mystery based on a historical event (which I love!) and it had me guessing until the end. I highly recommend it, especially for any art enthusiasts out there.
I’m giving away the hard cover copy I received from the She Reads Book Club network and all you have to do is leave a comment below and you are entered to win. I will take entries all week ending on Sunday evening at midnight and announce the winner next Monday, the 21st.
Take a look at the book trailer if you need more convincing.