A Nearly Perfect Copy

A Nearly Perfect Copy

A Novel

Book - 2013
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Richly drawn and sharply observed, A Nearly Perfect Copy is a smart and affecting novel of family and forgery set amidst the rarefied international art world.
Elm Howells has a loving family and a distinguished career at an elite Manhattan auction house. But after a tragic loss throws her into an emotional crisis, she pursues a reckless course of action that jeopardizes her personal and professional success. Meanwhile, talented artist Gabriel Connois wearies of remaining at the margins of the capricious Parisian art scene, and, desperate for recognition, he embarks on a scheme that threatens his burgeoning reputation. As these narratives converge, with disastrous consequences, A Nearly Perfect Copy boldly challenges our presumptions about originality and authenticity, loss and replacement, and the perilous pursuit of perfection. 
Publisher: New York : Nan A. Talese/Doubleday, c2013.
ISBN: 9780385536691
Branch Call Number: FICTION AME
Characteristics: 284 p. ; 25 cm.


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suffolkpunch Apr 22, 2013

What a find! I came upon it on one of the front tables at the Mid-Manhattan branch and was in heaven from start to finish. Amend's absolutely terrific novel, set among the art and auction worlds of New York and Paris, is a witty and captivating exploration of inheritance and identity, values and valuation, avarice and irreparable loss. To say that its two main characters make some very bad choices en route to a qualified contentment would be an understatement! Fingers crossed that this amusing, wrenching page-turner finds the giant audience it warrants.

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