B. A. Shapiro
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“Vibrant and suspenseful . . . Like The Art Forger, this new story takes us into the heart of what it means to be an artist.” —The Washington Post
“B. A. Shapiro captivated us in 2012 with her ‘addictive’ novel The Art Forger. Now, she’s back with another thrilling tale from the art world.” —Entertainment Weekly
When Alizée Benoit, an American painter working for the Works Progress Administration (WPA), vanishes in New York City in 1940, no one knows what happened to her. Not her Jewish family living in German-occupied France. Not her artistic patron and political compatriot, Eleanor Roosevelt. Not her close-knit group of friends, including Mark Rothko, Jackson Pollock, and Lee Krasner. And, some seventy years later, not her great-niece, Danielle Abrams, who while working at Christie’s auction house uncovers enigmatic paintings hidden behind works by those now-famous Abstract Expressionist artists. Do they hold answers to the questions surrounding her missing aunt?
No Art Forger
The book is much more about Jews and Nazis than about art. Overlaying history with fiction makes it necessary to compromise the spontaneity and unpredictability of the story teller because we all know roughly what's going to happen. Rather than forming the riveting plot of The Art Forger, this time the author has chosen the angst of the holocaust as the major dramatic element. The overlay of art history is interesting but not really compelling.
Tears & smiles
I've not had a novel move me as this one did. I could not put it down. Being an American I am appalled at our hesitation, that costs so many lives and heartaches. Ms Shapiro's expert creation of the Benoit family brought the reality of those times to light. Thank you, Ms Shapiro, for such an enlightening book. Thanks too for an interesting and educational lesson in art.