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The Collector's Apprentice : A Novel [electronic resource] / B.A. Shapiro.

Shapiro, Barbara A. 1951- (author.). hoopla digital. (Added Author).

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Summary, etc.: FROM THE BESTSELLING AUTHOR OF THE ART FORGER AND THE MURALIST. 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-fianc,̌ 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.
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Subject: Art Collectors and collecting Fiction
Art thefts Investigation Fiction
Murder Investigation Fiction
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Paris (France) History 20th century Fiction
Genre: Historical fiction.

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The best-selling author of The Art Forger and The Muralist returns to the art world in a new novel about the heroes and villains of early 20th-century collecting. In 1922 Paris, Belgian Paulien Mertens reinvents herself as Vivienne Gregsby after a confidence scheme destroys her family's wealth and respect. Vivienne finds employment with Edwin Bradley, a wealthy U.S. collector who shares her appreciation for postimpressionist works. Vivienne attempts to keep her married employer at arm's length while encouraging his patronage of the artists they both admire. Edwin insists on keeping his vast holdings private. Vivienne disagrees and plans to take over the collection and share it with the public. Her ideas turn dangerous and her motivations become suspect when the con man who ruined Paulien returns to ensnare -Vivienne. VERDICT Shapiro once again successfully combines the work of real artists and the analysis of art movements with a cast of dramatic characters, both fictional and not. Her latest is an absorbing read where what is right and wrong constantly shift. An excellent recommendation for fans of historical fiction and art novels. [See Prepub Alert, 4/9/18.]-Catherine Lantz, Univ. of Illinois at -Chicago Lib. © Copyright 2018. Library Journals LLC, a wholly owned subsidiary of Media Source, Inc. No redistribution permitted.

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Shapiro (The Muralist and The Art Forger) delivers a clever and complex tale of art fraud, theft, scandal, murder, and revenge. Nineteen-year-old Paulien Mertens is alone and on the run in Paris in 1922, disowned by her Belgian family and hunted by the police, falsely accused of participating with George, her con artist fiancé, in a financial scam that ruined her father. She creates a new identity as art expert Vivienne Gregsby, landing a job working for wealthy Philadelphia art collector Edwin Bradley as a translator and secretary for his buying trips. In Paris, she becomes friends with Gertrude Stein and with Henri Matisse's lover. All the while, she vows to prove her innocence and restore her father's wealth, which she plans to do by obtaining possession of Bradley's art collection, either by marrying him, becoming his heir, or staging a robbery. Vivienne has learned much about the art of the con from George, but when Bradley is suddenly murdered, derailing Vivienne's plans and landing her in jail, she'll need all her skills to set things right. Shapiro's 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. (Oct.) © Copyright PWxyz, LLC. All rights reserved.

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Shapiro's (The Muralist , 2015) latest is a lush, atmospheric, art-world-focused historical novel that draws on the story of Philadelphia's famed Barnes Foundation. The novel opens with 19-year-old Paulien Mertens being disowned by her wealthy Belgian family and banished to Paris in 1922 after her con-artist fiancé, George, bankrupted her father in a Ponzi scheme in which she is accused of being complicit. Having been trained by her father to one day assume responsibility for his impressive art collection, Paulien creates a new identity for herself as Vivienne Gregsby and takes a position as a translator for the flamboyant American collector Edwin Bradley. Though she eventually relocates to Philadelphia with Edwin as he builds the Bradley Museum, Vivienne never loses sight of her ambition to exact her revenge on George and restore her father's wealth and lost collection by any means necessary. And then her benefactor is murdered, and suspicion falls squarely upon her. Intricate plotting and compelling writing draw readers into the vivid portrait of 1920s Paris, inhabited by actual, larger-than-life characters, including Gertrude Stein and Henri Matisse. Shapiro's romantic and suspenseful art thriller will delight historical- and crime-fiction fans.--Magan Szwarek Copyright 2018 Booklist

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