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The Muralist

Fiction: Mystery, Suspense & Thriller, Historical Fiction
Unabridged   9.25 hour(s)
Publication date: 11/03/2015

2016 Voice Arts Award Nominee

The Muralist

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Audio CD ISBN:9781622318759
Digital Download ISBN:9781622318766


From the author of the New York Times bestseller The Art Forger comes a thrilling new novel of art, history, love, and politics that traces the life and mysterious disappearance of a brilliant young artist on the eve of
World War II.

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Alize Benoit, an American painter working for the Works Progress Administration (WPA), vanishes in New York City in 1940 amid personal and political turmoil. No one knows what happened to her. Not her Jewish family living in German-occupied France. Not her artistic patron and political compatriot, Eleanor Roosevelt. Not her close-knit group of friends, including Mark Rothko, Jackson Pollock, and Lee Krasner. And, some seventy years later, not her great-niece, Danielle Abrams, who while working at Christies auction house uncovers enigmatic paintings hidden behind recently found works by those now famous Abstract Expressionist artists. Do they hold answers to the questions surrounding her missing aunt?

Entwining the lives of both historical and fictional characters, and moving between the past and the present, The Muralist plunges readers into the divisiveness of prewar politics and the largely forgotten plight of European refugees refused entrance to the United States. It captures both the inner workings of today's New York art scene and the beginnings of the vibrant and quintessentially American school of Abstract Expressionism.

B.A. Shapiro is a master at telling a gripping story while exploring provocative themes. In Alize and Danielle she has created two unforgettable women, artists both, who compel us to ask, "What happens when luminous talent collides with inexorable historical forces? Does great art have the power to change the world? And to what lengths should a person go to thwart evil?"


"Sands navigates story lines past and present with ease, building tension, reflecting the bittersweet tone, and effectively depicting the passions that drive both women." —Booklist Audio Review

"B. A. Shapiro once again pens the art world into vivid, sensual life. Set during World War II and the dawn of Abstract Expressionism, The Muralist is an intriguing story masterfully imagined about art, war, family, truth, and freedom. If you liked The Art Forger, you're going to love The Muralist!"—Lisa Genova, author of Love, Anthony

"B. A. Shapiro's The Muralist is an expertly constructed, riveting tale of art, politics, love, and consequences in the Depression Era. I admire so much the way she vividly brings to life this passionate world of the past—it rings with originality and authenticity. What a compelling read!"—Jami Attenberg, author of The Middlesteins

"I am a great fan of B. A. Shapiro, especially her new novel The Muralist. It is a tantalizing mystery, as well as an involving meditation on the meaning of art over time."—Scott Turow, author of Identical

"In The Muralist, B. A. Shapiro weaves a spellbinding mystery, set at a historic moment of creation and annihilation—the creative ferment of the New York art world in the 1940s and the run-up to WWII. With a starry cast (Pollock, Rothko, de Kooning, Krasner, even Eleanor Roosevelt), fans of Shapiro's earlier art-mystery hit, The Art Forger, will not be disappointed." —William Landay, author of Defending Jacob

Author Bio

B. A. SHAPIRO lives in Boston and teaches fiction writing at Northeastern University.

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