The Art Forger (Paperback)

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Such a cool idea for a story and I loved when books are based in fact, but then add a completely fictional element. Claire Roth is an amazing artist and an expert on Degas who ends up with a painting in her loft that may have been a part of the famed (and real) Gardner Museum Heist in Boston in 1990. In real life, none of the stolen artwork has been recovered, but B.A. Shapiro includes a painting of Degas' to the stolen works and an enticing mystery about Isabella Stewart Gardner. Great read and a breath of fresh air from the same ol', same ol'. Artists will LOVE this read, but so will everyone else.  -Madison

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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

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Don't miss B. A. Shapiro's new novel, The Collector's Apprentice, coming October 16, 2018

" A] highly entertaining literary thriller about fine art and foolish choices." --Parade

" A] nimble mystery." --The New York Times Book Review

"Gripping." --O, The Oprah Magazine


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.

About the Author


B. A. Shapiro is the author of the award-winning New York Times bestseller The Art Forger and the bestseller The Muralist. She has taught sociology at Tufts University and creative writing at Northeastern University and lives in Boston with her husband, Dan, and their dog, Sagan. Her website is www.bashapirobooks.com.

Praise For…


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





Product Details
ISBN: 9781616203160
ISBN-10: 1616203161
Publisher: Algonquin Books
Publication Date: May 21st, 2013
Pages: 369
Language: English