Earlier this year the citizens of Somerville voted on what the next Somerville Reads book should be and selected The Art Forger by B.A. Shapiro. The idea behind the program is that the whole city reads the same book and comes together to discuss it. The Somerville Public Library has a lot of copies so everyone can get a chance to read the book.
The Art Forger is a fictionalized story of events that take place 25 years after the Isabella Stewart Gardner Museum art heist, which is still the largest unsolved art theft in history. The tale focuses on one of the stolen Edgar Degas paintings, an artist with a complicated past working in Boston’s SoWa neighborhood and a successful art dealer and collector. Other smaller, but memorable characters are woven into the story as it unfolds.
I tend to love any book based in Boston or the greater New England area, so maybe I’m biased, but I really enjoyed reading The Art Forger. It unfolded at a perfect pace, giving you clues to the story’s many mysteries without revealing too much early on. As the book continued, I found myself not wanting to put it down until I had unlocked all of its secrets.
The Art Forger is the perfect summer read to take on a trip to an area beach or lake–or to bring to read while traveling via plane or train. It’ll keep you engaged and allow your imagination to come alive–just what the lazy days of summer are made for.
Do you plan to or have you read The Art Forger? What did you think?