Let me start by saying that if you enjoy audiobooks with great narrators, you’ll want to consider this audiobook version of The Forger’s Forgery.
Even though this particular narrator’s style doesn’t suit me, he does a fantastic job with characterizations, distinctions, and more, and if he does suit your style, you will absolutely love his approach. Either way, you’re likely to enjoy it simply for his skills.
Now, to the book.
I listened to the audiobook over several months time, admittedly, so occasionally I had to retrace my steps. I often listened while I was cooking or cleaning, following along with the main character, Henry Lindon, as The Forger’s Forgery unfolded.
It’s an international novel that crosses from America to Amsterdam, exploring not only interpersonal relationships of the lead, a professor of art history, but art history and the art world itself.
It deals with some heavy topics, too, so I wouldn’t recommend this as a light read or for younger folks who aren’t “ready” for such topics in fiction. The lead’s wife has been the victim of an assault, so there’s much trauma discussed and worked through.
I will admit, I got lost in the narrative a few times, even with backtracking, because the book jumps around a bit. This isn’t done poorly, but rather it makes it a harder listen when you can’t concentrate well on the story. You’ll want to pause and take breaks so you catch everything!
Overall, The Forger’s Forgery is an exciting, intriguing literary fiction novel that keeps a reasonably quick pace, as long as you’re not expecting an action or thriller. The characters are vivid and memorable (even after a couple month gap, the characters were still extremely present for me, even if the plot needed reminders!).
If you enjoy quality literary fiction with an art-world focus, you’ll likely enjoy this one. The book is available on Kindle and in paperback as well.
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Editor-in-Chief of The MockingOwl Roost, Rita Mock-Pike is the granddaughter of aviatrix, Jerrie Mock, first woman to pilot an airplane solo around the world. Rita has found inspiration from her grandmother’s life and flight and pursued many of her own dreams in theatre, podcasting, novel writing, and cooking up delicious food from around the world. She now writes on food, travel, pets, faith, and the arts. She’s happily married to Matt, and faithfully serves the very fluffy kitten queen, Lady Stardust.