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The Muralist by B.A. Shapiro. Published by Algonquin

Posted on: November 4, 2015

Danielle Adams is working at an auction house when she uncovers a series of unknown paintings. She wonders if the paintings will provide any answers about her aunt, who disappeared in New York City in 1940. Alizee Benoit was a painter employed by the Works Progress Administration when she disappeared and despite her circle of influential friends and patrons, that included Eleanor Roosevelt and Jackson Pollock, she was never found. Do not pick up this book unless you have an extended period of time to read. I was swept up in the story and learned a lot of things about the abstract expressionist art period. I was also dismayed to read about the shameful fact that the United States refused to allow European refugees asylum during their time of greatest need. This is a story of romance, art, hatred and ignorance that blew me away

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