The Art of Confidence
On Sale: November 29, 2016
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“I suppose I did it because I wanted something to show
for the thirty years—longer than I had lived in my
homeland—that I had been here in America. Something that was
properly appreciated, even if someone else got all the
Liu Qingwu doesn’t set out to commit a crime. He only wants
to sell a painting—something more substantial than the
Impressionist knockoffs he flogs to tourists outside New
York’s Metropolitan Museum of Art. But the lucrative
commission he receives from a Chelsea art dealer is more
complicated than he initially realizes. Liu has been hired
to create not an homage to Andrew Cantrell’s modernist
masterpiece, Elegy, but a forgery that will sell for
The painting will change the lives of everyone associated
with it—Liu, a Chinese immigrant still reeling from his
wife’s recent departure; Caroline, a gallery owner intent on
saving her aunt’s legacy; Molly, her perceptive assistant;
and Harold, a Taiwanese businessman with an ethical dilemma
on his hands. Weaving together their stories with that of
Cantrell and the inspiration for his masterpiece, Wendy
Lee’s intricate, multilayered novel explores the unique
fascination of great art and the lengths to which some are
driven to create it—and to possess it.
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