A year or so ago, we had a display of non-fiction books that were about Massachusetts titled: “It happened here.” This display was a great success, so we decided to do a play on that theme this month. Our new display is “New England Fiction”, which encompasses the six New England states and includes both fiction and mysteries. There are many well-known authors included, such as Robert B. Parker, Dennis Lehane, Linda Barnes, Nathaniel Hawthorne, and Chris Bohjalian as well as authors you may not have read yet.
One title that should be on the display, but probably won’t be for a while because of its popularity, is The Art Forger, B.A. Shapiro’s debut novel set in Boston. Claire Roth is a struggling artist known as “the Great Pretender” for her role in an earlier scandal which I won’t reveal here. She currently creates fake masterpieces for an online art seller and is an expert in Degas. A local art dealer offers her a deal she can’t resist in return for painting a forgery of what turns out to be one of the paintings stolen from the Isabella Stewart Gardner museum in the 1990 heist—or is it? Part art education, part suspense and part romance, The Art Forger is a fun but thought-provoking read.
We hope you will indulge in a bit of armchair travel and grab a book from the display!