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B. A. Shapiro

Author of The Art Forger

16 Works 3,031 Members 240 Reviews

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Includes the names: B. A. Shapiro, Barbara A. Shapiro

Also includes: Barbara Shapiro (1)

Image credit: Shapiro at BookExpo America in 2018 By Rhododendrites - Own work, CC BY-SA 4.0, https://commons.wikimedia.org/w/index.php?curid=69688964

Works by B. A. Shapiro

The Art Forger (2012) 2,007 copies
The Muralist (2015) 541 copies
The Collector's Apprentice (2018) 246 copies
Metropolis (2022) 101 copies
Blind Spot (1700) 31 copies
Blameless (1995) 29 copies
See No Evil (1996) 23 copies
Shattered Echoes (1993) 23 copies
The Safe Room (2002) 21 copies
Muralist (2015) 3 copies
L'apprendista (2020) 1 copy


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The Art Forger is a difficult book to read. Unfortunately I only gave it two stars because I could not finish it.
lbswiener | 191 other reviews | Sep 18, 2023 |
“Metropolis Storage Warehouse.One hundred and twenty-three years old. Six stories high. Ninety feet wide. Four hundred and eighty feet long. Almost four hundred storage units of various sizes and shapes; some even have windows”.

In May 2018, thirty-seven-year-old Zach Davidson, owner of Metropolis Storage Warehouse in Cambridge, Massachusetts, is in the process of auctioning off the contents of twenty-two abandoned units in the storage facility before ownership changes hands. In January of the same year, an elevator accident resulted in legal trouble that cost Zach his ownership of the storage facility. In the process of the auction, Zach is surprised to find five of the units “staged” in arrangements one would not expect in a storage facility. As the narrative switches between past and present, we find out that unbeknownst to Zach, Rose, who managed the property, had an arrangement with the renters of these units in exchange for an additional fee which she pocketed. The five units in question housed the office of a Harvard educated lawyer, the studio of a photographer, a pied-à-terre of a wealthy socialite who also rented another unit to preserve her children’s room in its exact setup, the living arrangement of a Tufts University doctoral student who due to an administrative mistake is now evading deportation and is being pursued by ICE. In other words, people were living and working out of their rented units!

As the story progresses we discover more about these characters, their backstories and how their stories intersect and about the mishap that occurred in January 2018. Was it an accident, attempted murder or attempted suicide? Were any of the renters involved or responsible for the mishap? Why is Zach being forced to sell the property?

B.A. Shapiro’s Metropolis is a unique and engaging novel. The premise is very interesting and it features a diverse cast of characters. With its well-developed plot with a few unexpected twists along the way, the story hooked me in from the very first page and I could not wait to see how the story progressed. Initially, it took a bit to get used to the multiple PoVs but given each of them had quite distinct voices and engaging storylines, the narrative flowed seamlessly to the end. The author manages to touch upon many important themes such as homelessness, mental health, immigration, spousal abuse, drug trafficking and much more. Marta the doctoral student and Jason the lawyer were my favorite characters and I would have liked it more if the backstory of Serge Laurent, the photographer had been developed with more depth but overall I think the author did a good job of establishing all these characters and their stories and I thoroughly enjoyed reading about them.
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srms.reads | 7 other reviews | Sep 4, 2023 |
The art aspect was interesting, particularly the bits about Degas (I loved [b:The Painted Girls|16138688|The Painted Girls|Cathy Marie Buchanan|https://d.gr-assets.com/books/1352484200s/16138688.jpg|18151238] last year and this was a nice continuation of what I learned in that book). But there was something missing here for me. I didn’t like the romance; I thought it was overdone and frankly, unbelievable. And everything was wrapped up much too neatly at the end. I enjoyed reading this but I think it will be forgettable—just one of those “ho-hum” books that is squarely in the middle of neither good nor bad.… (more)
ksykes | 191 other reviews | Aug 17, 2023 |
I really enjoyed the premise and setting for this - a storage room building with six people who rent storage rooms or are otherwise connected to the building all work through challenges that come up when an accident happens at the storage building. There's a little domestic drama, a little immigration/legal system drama, a desperate mother, an owner in over his head, this has it all just like "New York's hottest club".
KallieGrace | 7 other reviews | Jul 1, 2023 |



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