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Critical Praise

“A clever, twisty novel about art, authenticity, love, and betrayal. Shapiro knows about Degas, and she knows about art theft and forgery, and she also knows how to tell a gripping story.” —Tom Perrotta, author of The Leftovers

“An entrancingly visual, historically rich, deliciously witty, sensuous, and smart tale of authenticity versus fakery.” -- Booklist

“Classy and pleasurably suspenseful . . . Shapiro artfully turns a clever caper into a provocative meditation on what we value most.” —Booklist

The Art Forger will not only keep you as entertained as any thriller but leave you with a new appreciation of how paintings are made, evaluated, and understood—not to mention how they’re copied.” —Arthur Golden, author of Memoirs of a Geisha

“As the world continues to wait for news of the paintings stolen from the Isabella Stewart Gardner Museum in 1990, The Art Forger offers an imaginative alternative history of the collection and a captivating glimpse into the shadowy possibilities that surround the story of that inexplicable and audacious heist.” —Katharine Weber, author of The Music Lesson

“A fun romp through the art world.” —Audrey Schulman, author of Three Weeks in December

“Blazingly good. Shapiro drops you where you’ve never been before, into the whole, crackingly alive world of art galleries, art forgeries, and the unexpected recesses of the human heart . . . As original as a real Degas, it ’s also as unforgettable.” —Caroline Leavitt, author of Pictures of You