In her latest, novel The Collector’s Apprentice, bestselling author B.A. Shapiro, delivers a page-turning historical thriller that will transport readers to 1920s Paris and America. Said Publishers Weekly: “Shapiro delivers a clever and complex tale of art fraud, theft, scandal, murder, and revenge. [Her] portrayal of the 1920s art scene in Paris and Philadelphia is vibrant and is populated by figures like Alice B. Toklas and Thornton Wilder; readers will be swept away by this thoroughly rewarding novel.”
This exclusive Salon@2424 event is in partnership with Columbus Museum of Art and presented as a special edition of their Art Book Club. General admission tickets can be purchased through the Museum and are $10 for Museum members, $15 for non-members. Shapiro’s books can be purchased in advance at Gramercy Books (2424 E. Main Street) or at the July 11th event.
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. The author of the award-winning New York Times bestseller The Art Forger and the bestseller The Muralist, Shapiro has taught sociology at Tufts University and creative writing at Northeastern University. The Collector’s Apprenticeis her eighth novel.