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"A Nearly Perfect Copy" by Allison Amend

Elizabeth Taylor

Editor's Choice

5:48 PM EDT, April 26, 2013

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In the gifted hands of Allison Amend, the international art world is so full of intrigue and makes for such a smart page turner that when one is finished with the delicious novel "A Nearly Perfect Copy," a trip to the Art Institute of Chicago is in order.

Two stories — one of a Manhattan art auctioneer, the other involving a down-on-his-luck artist on the fringe of the art scene in Paris — converge and become inextricably linked through forged works. Masterpieces sell for astronomical prices, and the questions remain: Who owns what? And what's real anyway?

Amend creates very real characters who live in a very unreal world.

This is a wonderfully witty and stylish novel, perfect for the summer.

Elizabeth Taylor, literary editor

An excerpt of 'A Nearly Perfect Copy' will appear with the May 5 Printers Row Journal. And Allison Amend will appear at Printers Row Lit Fest on June 8-9. See printersrowlitfest.org for more information.

'A Nearly Perfect Copy'

By Allison Amend

Nan A. Talese, 304 pages, $25.95