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»In the end, with plots uncovered and deceptions laid bare, Shapiro’s abiding mystery lies not in the act of forgery itself but in its elusive morality. As Claire reminds us, people see “what they want to see.”«

Maxwell Carter

Claire Roth, the heroine in the mystery novel The Art Forger by B.A. Shapiro, gets entangled in the world of art forgery. Maxwell Carter reviews the book at The New York Times.

»Robert Gottlieb’s Great Expectations: The Sons and Daughters of Charles Dickens takes quick, bite-sized looks at the author’s 10 children, dividing each life into a “before” and “after” section, with their father’s death as the line of demarcation. Such a structure evinces the book’s prominent — if misguided — theme that Dickens was far more central to his children’s lives than they were to his.«

Hillary Kelly

Hillary Kelly on Great Expectations: The Sons and Daughters of Charles Dickens by Robert Gottlieb. Her review at Los Angeles Review of Books.