“A painting is above all a product of the artist’s imagination; it must never be a copy.” Edgar Degas
Art Appreciation 101 meets [pick your sleuth]. Epigrams galore. Dueling flashbacks—play close attention
“People who have been on the wrong side of rumor know when to keep their mouths shut.”
The story of a struggling, but talented artist whose bad decisions (especially in relationships) eclipse her talent.
“I thought I’d be learning at the feet of a master painter; instead, my most powerful lessons here came from a master forger.”
The storytelling starts well, despite more technical detail than most readers will tolerate, but bogs down in the last third of the book, even as the story heats. Repetition of numerous sub-stories, some three times.
“Sometimes I think I’m a living parody of myself.”
Shapiro leaves two mysteries unresolved—one fact, one fiction—but she provides enough hints that the reader can connect the dots (in several ways) to the fictional question.
“A woman who makes Faustian bargains is not without responsibility.”