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The Art Forger by B.A. Shapiro

  • Apr 22, 2014 · 7:30 PM
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For our next meeting let's meet and discuss: 

The Art Forger by B.A. Shapiro (click name to go to Amazon link)

On March 18, 1990, thirteen works of art worth today over $500 million were stolen from the Isabella Stewart Gardner Museum in Boston. It remains the largest unsolved art heist in history, and Claire Roth, a struggling young artist, is about to discover that there’s more to this crime than meets the eye.

Claire makes her living reproducing famous works of art for a popular online retailer. Desperate to improve her situation, she lets herself be lured into a Faustian bargain with Aiden Markel, a powerful gallery owner. She agrees to forge a painting—one of the Degas masterpieces stolen from the Gardner Museum—in exchange for a one-woman show in his renowned gallery. But when the long-missing Degas painting—the one that had been hanging for one hundred years at the Gardner—is delivered to Claire’s studio, she begins to suspect that it may itself be a forgery.

Claire’s search for the truth about the painting’s origins leads her into a labyrinth of deceit where secrets hidden since the late nineteenth century may be the only evidence that can now save her life. B. A. Shapiro’s razor-sharp writing and rich plot twists make The Art Forger an absorbing literary thriller that treats us to three centuries of forgers, art thieves, and obsessive collectors. it’s a dazzling novel about seeing—and not seeing—the secrets that lie beneath the canvas. 

We want to start the meeting at promptly 7:30pm, so be sure you account for enough time to park and buy yourself any food/beverages from Wegmans that you may want to enjoy during the meeting!! We will meet in the center room - it can be difficult to find the group since so many other groups also meet in this location, so if you have the book please bring it with you and have it visible on the table so other members can see it and know it's the correct group. You can text me at[masked] (texts only please, no phone calls) but I usually don't arrive until exactly 7:30pm so I may not be able to help you find the group.

The forum for this meeting is an open forum style, so please come prepared with questions and discussion points and be an active participant!! The group is a judgment free zone, so feel free to participate and feel welcome to speak freely about the book! 

Hope to meet you all soon!!

 

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  • Denise

    Sharon it's OK with me. sorry for the late notice.

    April 22, 2014

  • A former member
    A former member

    I have a suggestion. Let's discuss "The Art Forger" at a May meeting. Maybe too many of us (including me) have joined too recently to get the book and read it. Just cancel the April meeting and hope for a good turnout in May.

    April 22, 2014

  • Sharon

    Denise...let me know what you want to do..seems like its just us two for tonight. I wouldn't mind cancelling.

    April 22, 2014

  • A former member
    A former member

    I had hoped to attend the meeting tonight on "Art Forgery", as I work for myself as a Document Examiner and have had a couple such cases over the years but need a ride from Audubon as I can not drive at night after my cataract surgery

    Thanks, Bob

    April 22, 2014

  • A former member
    A former member

    I will attend the May 13 meetup. I just ordered the book.

    April 21, 2014

  • A former member
    A former member

    I've just joined, so I don't have time to read the book. Look forward to the next meeting. Has the book been chosen yet?

    1 · April 21, 2014

    • Shauna

      Hey Patti! Welcome! The next book is listed on the Meetup page - I look forward to meeting you next month!!

      April 21, 2014

  • Sharon

    Hi Patti and welcome to this group. I have been to 2 meetings so far and really love the diversity of the group. If you look at the home page, you will see that the next meeting is May 13 and the book is I am Malala. Hope you can make it!

    1 · April 21, 2014

  • Sharon

    Sorry you won't be there tomorrow, Nadine. Better start reading May's book now!!

    April 21, 2014

  • A former member
    A former member

    I won't make it tomorrow…I was not able to finish the book.

    April 21, 2014

  • Sue M.

    I'm not going to make it this week. I've only got a few more days to finish packing before my move.

    April 20, 2014

  • Shauna

    I can't make this date after all, but that doesn't mean it is cancelled! It's still on as planned!

    April 9, 2014

  • A former member
    A former member

    Just realized we will be having family for Easter that week... catch you next time.

    March 28, 2014

  • Carol M.

    I won't be at the April meetup after all. I know I won't have the book read. But I will hopefully see everyone tomorrow night for our March meet up

    March 17, 2014

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