The Art Forger

Do you ever finish a book and get really, really sad? Well, The Art Forger by B.A. Shapiro put me in a brief state of melancholy – when I read the last page I was so sad that the book was over.  I wanted to know what happened to Claire and what life had in store for her after the last page of her novel. At the end of the 384th page I was wishing there were 1,000 more!

If you have been around Sparkles and Shoes for a while you will know that I am huge fan of audio books (here and here) but I am happy to say this was one I read in paper back. When I arrived in Florida for Thanksgiving vacation my mom had this book waiting for me and I was a bit wary – I had a book tape all ready to go on my phone, but I decided to choose the old fashioned one and I am so glad I did, thanks mom!  The Art Forger was one of those books I just could put down and I am so glad I read it on vacation because it was hard to pry me away.

It is true that I read this book almost two months ago, so why do I share it now? On Sunday I walked around The Frick Collection on the Upper West Side in Manhattan and walking through the works by van Dyck, de Goya, El Greco, Vermeer, Degas, and Manet this book instantly came to mind. (A post will be coming about the Frick soon along with the Girl with the Pearl Earring!)

Why did this book come up?  Well…… I absolutely hate when book reviews reveal or even elude to the ending so I will not. All I will say is, you don’t see it coming! Instead, I will blatantly borrow from Amazon the description of the book on the jacket:

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. 

Does it sound intriguing?  I hope so.  I am by no way forcing this book upon you, I just hope I liked in this much, than you will too! Then again, it is easy to whip through any book when you are sitting here:

Regardless of where you are or what genre you like,
 I highly recommend this book!

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  1. Brittany conners says

    I’ve been looking for my next book to read and so far haven’t been too inspired by anything I’ve seen. I will have to check this one out.By the way …poolside reading for the win!
    xoxo Brittany

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