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by Erica Katz

Publication Date: February 22, 2022
Publisher: Harper
Hardcover: 320 Pages

Publisher Description

From the author of The Boys’ Club, a gripping novel set in the high-stakes world of art forgery that moves across the globe, from the trendy art galleries of Manhattan’s Chelsea neighborhood to the high-flying international art fairs of Hong Kong.

Can you spot the difference? 

Emma Caan is a fake. 

She’s a forger, an artist who specializes in nineteenth-century paintings. But she isn’t a criminal; her copies are commissioned by museums and ultra-wealthy collectors protecting their investments. Emma’s more than mastered a Gauguin brushstroke and a van Gogh wheat field, but her work is sometimes a painful reminder of the artistic dreams she once chased for herself, when she was younger and before her family and her world fell apart. 

When oligarch art collector Leonard Sobetsky unexpectedly appears with an invitation, Emma sees a way out—a new job, a new path for herself, and access to the kind of money she needs to support her unstable and recently widowed mother. 

But every invitation incurs an obligation . . . and Emma isn’t prepared for what’s to come. As she’s pulled further into Leonard’s opulent scene, she will discover what’s lurking beneath the glitz and glamour. When she does, the past she’s worked hard to overcome will collide with the present, making her wonder how much of her carefully curated life is just as fake as her forgeries . . .

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About the author

Erica Katz is the pseudonym for a graduate of Columbia Law School who began her career at a major Manhattan law firm. A native of New Jersey, she now lives in New York City, where she’s employed at another large law firm. The Boys’ Club is her first novel.


“A propulsive thriller. . . . Genuinely captivating entertainment. Katz remains a writer to watch.”-Publishers Weekly

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“A fast-paced ride through the glitz and glamour of New York’s art scene. Gripping and heartfelt, Fake will probe readers to consider what’s real in a world where the images we portray are more carefully curated than ever.”-Carola Lovering, bestselling author of Tell Me Lies and Too Good to Be True “Erica Katz’s Fake is a propulsive and engrossing portrait of a young artist’s struggle for verity in a world dominated by illusion. Katz’s evocative writing and vivid depiction of the art world make Fake a truly phenomenal book you won’t want to miss!”Katherine St. John, author of The Siren
“A gripping, glittering deep dive into one artist’s present—and the past that she can’t quite escape. Fake will transport you across the globe, exposing what really lies under the glamour of this decadent art scene. Evocative, entertaining, and highly original, with writing that will keep readers turning pages and perpetually questioning what’s real—and what isn’t.” Laurie Elizabeth Flynn, bestselling author of The Girls Are All So Nice Here
“A wonderful descent into the New York art world led by a hero you won’t soon forget. . . .A little chick lit, a little Devil Wears Prada, and a little Barbara Shapiro, Fake should find broad appeal.” First Clue




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