IN-PERSON: B. A. Shapiro

Staff favorite author B.A. Shapiro joins us to introduce her new thriller, METROPOLIS, a spellbinding contemporary novel of psychological suspense. Set in a century-old storage warehouse, her masterful narrative is told from multiple characters’ perspective. It's sure to be an evening full of lively discussion, with journalist and writing partner Jan Brogan joining Barbara on stage. Beer and wine will be available for purchase at the event. Register to attend this free event below. 

If you cannot make the event but would like a signed book from B.A. Shapiro, order it below by June 22nd and include the name of the person you would like the book inscribed to in the "order comments" when checking out. 

This masterful novel of psychological suspense from the New York Times bestselling author of The Art Forger follows a cast of unforgettable characters whose lives intersect when a harrowing accident occurs at the Metropolis Storage Warehouse in Cambridge, Massachusetts.

But was it really an accident? Was it suicide? A murder? Six mysterious characters, who rent units in, or are connected to, the self-storage facility, must now reevaluate their lives. We meet Serge, an unstable but brilliant street photographer who lives in his unit, which overflows with thousands of undeveloped pictures; Zach, the building’s owner, who develops Serge’s photos as he searches for clues to the accident; Marta, an undocumented immigrant who is finishing her dissertation and hiding from ICE; Liddy, an abused wife and mother, who recreates her children’s bedroom in her unit; Jason, who has left his corporate firm and now practices law from his storage unit; and Rose, the office manager, who takes kickbacks to let renters live in the building and has her own complicated family history.

The characters have a variety of backgrounds: they are different races; they practice different religions; they’re young and they’re not so young; they are rich, poor, and somewhere in the middle. As they dip in and out of one another’s lives, fight circumstances that are within and also beyond their control, and try to discover the details of the accident, Shapiro both dismantles the myth of the American dream and builds tension to an exciting climax.

For readers of Janelle Brown, Lucy Foley, Megan Abbott, and Laura Lipmann, Metropolis is an original, spellbinding, and moving story of what we hang on to, what we might need to let go, and how unexpected events can lead us to discover our truest selves.

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 23, 2022 - 6:00pm
Event address: 
111 South Street
Plainville, MA 02762
Metropolis: A Novel By B. A. Shapiro Cover Image
ISBN: 9781616209582
Availability: Available to Order
Published: Algonquin Books - May 17th, 2022

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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

The Combat Zone: Murder, Race, and Boston's Struggle for Justice By Jan Brogan Cover Image
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ISBN: 9781625346094
Published: Bright Leaf - September 24th, 2021