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The Collector's Apprentice

by B. A. Shapiro

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  • Published in USA  Oct 2018
    352 pages
    Genre: Historical Fiction

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From the bestselling author of The Art Forger and The Muralist.

It's the summer of 1922, and nineteen-year-old Paulien Mertens finds herself in Paris - broke, disowned, and completely alone. Everyone in Belgium, including her own family, believes she stole millions in a sophisticated con game perpetrated by her then-fiancé, George Everard. To protect herself from the law and the wrath of those who lost everything, she creates a new identity, a Frenchwoman named Vivienne Gregsby, and sets out to recover her father's art collection, prove her innocence—and exact revenge on George.

When the eccentric and wealthy American art collector Edwin Bradley offers Vivienne the perfect job, she is soon caught up in the Parisian world of post-Impressionists and expatriates - including Gertrude Stein and Henri Matisse, with whom Vivienne becomes romantically entwined. As she travels between Paris and Philadelphia, where Bradley is building an art museum, her life becomes even more complicated: George returns with unclear motives ... and then Vivienne is arrested for Bradley's murder.

B. A. Shapiro has made the historical art thriller her own. In The Collector's Apprentice, she gives us an unforgettable tale about the lengths to which people will go for their obsession, whether it be art, money, love, or vengeance.

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"Shapiro delivers a clever and complex tale of art fraud, theft, scandal, murder, and revenge...readers will be swept away by this thoroughly rewarding novel." - Publishers Weekly

"Less might have been more in this increasingly convoluted fusion of history and fantasy centered on an ambiguous central figure." - Kirkus

"If you can put The Collector's Apprentice down, you're made of stronger stuff than I am. I read it in one sumptuous sitting. This is a big story, from a big talent." - Jacquelyn Mitchard, author of The Deep End of the Ocean

"I was engrossed in every twist and turn in this compulsively captivating page-turner, all the way until its astonishing denouement. Shapiro has done it again!" - Thrity Umrigar, bestselling author of The Space Between Us

"Dazzling and seductive, a tour de force, The Collector's Apprentice is an exhilarating tale of shifting identities, desire, and intrigue set between 1920s Paris and Philadelphia." - Dawn Tripp, bestselling author of Georgia

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B. A. Shapiro Author Biography

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Dani Shapiro is the author of the memoirs Hourglass, Still Writing, Devotion, and Slow Motion. Also of five novels including Black & White and Family History. Also an essayist and a journalist, Shapiro's short fiction, essays, and journalistic pieces have appeared in The New Yorker, Granta, Tin House, One Story, Elle, Vogue, O, The Oprah Magazine, The New York Times Book Review, the op-ed pages of the New York Times, and many other publications. She has taught in the writing programs at Columbia, NYU, the New School, and Wesleyan University; she is cofounder of the Sirenland Writers Conference in Positano, Italy. She lives with her family in Litchfield County, Connecticut.

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