B.A. Shapiro, The Muralist The New York Times bestselling author of the tour-de-force novel The Art Forger illuminates the art world of the 1940s in her latest fictional work. In The Muralist, Shapiro entwines the lives of both historical and fictional characters, and moves between the past and the present. She plunges readers into the divisiveness of pre-World War II politics. She captures the largely forgotten plight of European refugees refused entrance to the United States. Shapiro also shows both the inner workings of today’s New York art scene and the beginnings of the vibrant and quintessentially American school of Abstract Expressionism.