The Muralist by B. A. Shapiro ★★★★★ #bookreview

24001083This is the story of a young painter, Alizee Benoit, who creates murals for the Works Progress Administration in New York. She vanishes in 1940 and no one knows what happened to her. Present day Danielle Abrams is working at Christie’s auction house and believes she has found some unknown paintings that were likely done by Alizee. The book switches between past and present to discover what really happened to Alizee in 1940.

If you love art, history, and mystery, this book combines them all! WWII, refugee crisis, Jackson Pollock, Mark Rothko, Lee Krasner… what more would you want in a story? This was a fantastic mesh of the Abstract Expressionism period with the issues of WWII in Europe. I devoured it.

Published November 3, 2015 by Algonquin Books

My rating – 5 out of 5

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