I have been reading a lot lately. Which is surprising, usually people are busy beyond belief around the holidays. Apparently I’m not. I just finished a great book, The Art Forger by B.A. Shapiro. Here’s a quick summary from Goodreads before I tell you why I loved it.
“Making a living reproducing famous artworks for a popular online retailer and desperate to improve her situation, Claire is lured into a Faustian bargain with Aiden Markel, a powerful gallery owner. She agrees to forge a painting—a Degas masterpiece stolen from the Gardner Museum—in exchange for a one-woman show in his renowned gallery. But when that very same long-missing Degas painting is delivered to Claire’s studio, she begins to suspect that it may itself be a forgery.”
I’m one of those people who would go to school for the rest of my life if it was free. I love learning new things. I love fascinating fun facts. I love art history. I took a class in college called Visual Perceptions aka Art History 101. It was awesome. We looked at a toilet & called it art. In turn, this book was awesome. Not only did it take place in Boston, a place I’ve lived, it also forms around a painting in a museum I’ve visited, the Isabella Stewart Gardner Museum. Although it was quickly taking a turn I wasn’t sure I’d like, I ended up enjoying it immensely. If you like art & mysteries that don’t follow the regular route of all the mysteries nowadays that are repeated in book after book for 19 books of the same plot (tangent, sorry) then you should read The Art Forger.