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B. A. Shapiro

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B.A. Shapiro’s historical novel, The Muralist, interweaves the story of Danielle, a modern-day art authenticator, with that of her great-aunt Alizeé, an Abstract Expressionist employed by the WPA on the eve of the United States' entrance into World War II. As Danielle works to uncover the truth behind her great-aunt’s disappearance, the novel delves into themes of mental illness and psychosis, anti-Semitism and isolationism during the Holocaust, art as inspiration for political change, and the quest for discovery.