The Collector's Apprentice

The Collector's Apprentice

A Novel

eBook - 2018
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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-fiance, 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.
Publisher: New York : Algonquin Books of Chapel Hill, 2018
ISBN: 9781616208851
1616208856
Characteristics: c

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xiaojunbpl12
Dec 11, 2018

I have been lured into each book Shapiro wrote by her proficiency in fine art of the painting world. Though a bigger disappointment here, she opened my eyes to rejuvenate my interest in Matisse’ paintings and be able to see more!
The plot has no major loopholes, but the effect on me is chintzy, esp. the heroine’s affair with Matisse, grouse to conjure up.

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laphampeak
Nov 19, 2018

I love books with an art theme. The ingredients for an interesting book were there but it lacked depth. Art is very visual and at times the descriptions got tedious. The ideas behind the characters led to a full story - if only they had oomph! I hoped for more but got mediocre.

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Avalide90
Nov 17, 2018

I just got bored with this story. I didn't care for the jumping around in time and I didn't feel a connection to the characters. I didn't finish this book due to how dull it was for me.

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tjdickey
Oct 31, 2018

Adding to Shapiro's portfolio of sharply-etched portraits of the high-stakes world of art crime, the Collector's Apprentice delves into politics, aesthetics, international con artistry, and spends a delightful amount of time in the salons of 1920s Paris - the title character gets to flirt with Henir Matisse, in Gertrude Stein's "27," with Zelda Fitzgerald laughing in the background. The plot keeps twisting until the end, and the perspectives shift as if with a Post-Impressionist palette.

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