IN-PERSON: B. A. Shapiro

Bestselling author B. A. Shapiro returns to An Unlikely Story to talk all about her newest novel, METROPOLIS! METROPOLIS is a clever and moving novel about six lives converging in a Cambridge storage warehouse. With its exhilarating plot twists and vibrant cast of characters, METROPOLIS is an absolute thrill to read. Shapiro will discuss her new novel, answer audience questions, and sign copies of her books! 

The New York Times bestselling author of The Art Forger delivers a spellbinding and moving novel about what we hang on to, what we might need to let go, and how unexpected events can lead us to deeper truths.

Six people, six secrets, six different backgrounds. They would never have met if not for their connection to the Metropolis Storage Warehouse in Cambridge, Massachusetts. When someone falls down an elevator shaft at the facility, each becomes caught up in an intensifying chain of events.

We meet Serge, an unstable but brilliant street photographer who lives in his storage unit, which overflows with thousands of undeveloped pictures; Marta, an undocumented immigrant finishing her dissertation and hiding from ICE; Liddy, an abused wife and mother, who recreates her children’s bedroom in her unit; Jason, a former corporate lawyer now practicing in the facility; Rose, the office manager, who takes illegal kickbacks to let renters live in the building; and Zach, the building’s owner and an ex-drug dealer, who scans Serge’s photos as he searches for clues to the accident.

But was it an accident? A murder attempt? Suicide? As her characters dip in and out of one another’s lives trying to find answers and battling societal forces beyond their control, B. A. Shapiro both questions the myth of the American dream and builds tension to an exhilarating climax. Taut and emotional, Metropolis is impossible to put down and impossible to forget.

B. A. Shapiro is the bestselling author of The Collector's ApprenticeThe Muralist, and The Art Forger, which won the New England Book Award for Fiction and the Boston Authors Society Award for Fiction, among other honors. Her books have been selected as community reads in numerous cities and translated throughout the world. Before becoming a novelist, she taught sociology at Tufts University and creative writing at Northeastern University. She and her husband, Dan, divide their time between Boston and Florida.

Thursday, June 22, 2023 - 7:00pm
Event address: 
111 South Street
Plainville, MA 02762
Metropolis: A Novel By B. A. Shapiro Cover Image
ISBN: 9781643753881
Availability: Available to Order
Published: Algonquin Books - May 30th, 2023

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The Collector's Apprentice: A Novel By B. A. Shapiro Cover Image
ISBN: 9781616209803
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Published: Algonquin Books - June 11th, 2019

The Muralist: A Novel By B. A. Shapiro Cover Image
ISBN: 9781616206437
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Published: Algonquin Books - October 11th, 2016

The Art Forger: A Novel By B. A. Shapiro Cover Image
ISBN: 9781616203160
Availability: On Our Shelves Now
Published: Algonquin Books - May 21st, 2013