The Art Forger
Claire's world runs parallel with that of Isabella Stewart Gardner, a strong but bored woman with too much of her husband's money to burn. We are introduced to Isabella in 1886, penning letters from Paris to her beloved niece Amelia. Isabella supplements her passionless marriage with her vast collection of fine art. But like Claire, Aunt Belle is forced to choose between her morals and her desire for art. Both women inhabit a labyrinth of sex, ego, and obsession that leaves the reader wanting more. You'll want to pick up a paintbrush or rob a gallery by the end of it.
Shapiro reads at Nicola's Books on December 4.
[Originally published in December, 2012.]