Just Suppose…

artThe Art Forger by B.A. Shapiro provides an excellent example of the best way to put the common writing prompt of “What If” to good use.  The novel, based on a real art heist which occurred in 1990 at the Isabella Stewart Gardner Museum in Boston, is a fast paced thriller. In it, the author creates a struggling artist who is approached by the owner of a well-known art gallery.  The owner engages the artist to copy a Degas painting which is supposedly one of the stolen, never recovered paintings from the 1990 heist.  Upon closer inspection of the painting, the artist becomes convinced the original Degas was a copy as well.

I love the premise of this book and enjoyed the many art references.  The novel ended a little abruptly for me, but overall, I admire the creativity of the story.

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About dianeledet

Professional Writing Consultant, Graduate of DePaul University School for New Learning 2008
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2 Responses to Just Suppose…

  1. alison41 says:

    I think the ‘what if’ scenario is a marvellous tool for writers, especially in the field of speculative fiction. Will look out for this book.

  2. dianeledet says:

    I think you will enjoy the book. I often use the What If concept when working with young adults in my creative writing classes. Works like a charm! Thanks for your comment!

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