Giveaway Monday:The Art Forger

November’s #1 IndieNext pick — the top choice of independent booksellers — officially publishes tomorrow, but today is your chance to win a copy of the book that The Boston Globe calls “an inventive and entertaining work.” And timely. Oh, is this book timely!

The Art Forger

by B.A. Shapiro

Fill out the form below for your chance to receive a FREE copy of The Art Forger. The winning name will be chosen at random. You may only enter ONCE. Today, October 22, only!

Struggling artist Claire Roth paints reproductions of famous Edgar Degas paintings to make ends meet. And that’s just about the most straightforward part of the art world for Claire in the novel.

B.A. Shapiro’s book explores the art of deception — and the deception of art. With real news stories popping up daily  the news about high-end fakes and museum heists, the beauty of  The Art Forger‘s true colors becomes clear. Check out today’s New York Times story about a gallery being investigated for selling fakes of Mark Rothko, among others.

And from elsewhere in newspapers today, here’s what today’s book reviews are saying about The Art Forger:

The Boston Globe: “A satisfying, plot-driven novel of revelation, an intriguing, ladylike mystery with a puzzle or two at its core. It’s an engaging tale about art, cupidity, and a Faustian bargain, using as backdrop the real-life, still unsolved 1990 theft of 13 artworks from the Isabella Stewart Gardner Museum…

“Shapiro convincingly depicts the rarefied art world that lionizes a chosen few and ignores the talented, scrabbling outsiders on the fringe. Shapiro is adept, too, at showing the white-hot heat of an artist engaged in creating a painting. She knows art history, painting techniques, and how forgers have managed through the centuries to dupe buyers into paying for fakes.”

The Washington Post: “Shapiro’s depiction of the politics and personal rivalries of the art world adds considerable depth here, and her accounts of the history of forging and of the technical processes that fool authenticators prove 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.”

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8 Comments On This Post:

October 22, 2012
12:44 pm
Sage says...

Would love to win this – As a gallery director, this sounds especially fascinating to me!

October 22, 2012
12:46 pm
JenniferD. says...

I have had this one on my TBR list since I heard about its publication! Thanks for the chance to win a copy.

October 22, 2012
1:02 pm
Norma Wilson says...

Found “Priceless” intriguing. Welcome the chance to learn more about art and further test my investigative instincts.

October 22, 2012
1:31 pm
Frank Bragg says...

I would love to win this, with winter coming I have more time to read a good book.

October 22, 2012
2:18 pm
Natalie ~ the Coffee and a Book Chick says...

I’m looking forward to reading this, thanks for offering it up!

October 22, 2012
3:00 pm
Cindy says...

Because Algonquin NEVER picks a less than wonderful book, I know I will want to read this!

October 22, 2012
4:32 pm
Mary Nell Jackson says...

This book sounds fascinating and timely. It belongs
in my brain and library!

October 23, 2012
11:18 am
admin says...

It’s thrilling to see everyone’s as excited about this book as we are! The winner will be notified by tomorrow. Best of luck to you all…

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