IN-PERSON: B.A. Shapiro - "Metropolis" in conversation with Maryanne O’Hara
B.A. Shapiro, author of The Art Forger, joins us to discuss her new novel, Metropolis, which follows a cast of unforgettable characters whose lives intersect when a harrowing accident occurs at the Metropolis Storage Warehouse in Cambridge, Massachusetts. Barbara will be in conversation with Maryanne O’Hara, author of Little Matches.
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ABOUT THE BOOK
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 Lippman, 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.
ABOUT THE AUTHOR
B. A. Shapiro is the bestselling author of The Collector's Apprentice, The 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.
ABOUT THE MODERATOR
Maryanne O’Hara is the author, most recently, of LITTLE MATCHES, A MEMOIR OF FINDING LIGHT IN THE DARK, published by HarperOne, an imprint of HarperCollins, in 2021. LITTLE MATCHES is inspired by a blog that Maryanne O’Hara kept while her daughter Caitlin was waiting for a lung transplant in Pittsburgh. Maryanne and Caitlin’s story has been featured in The New York Times, TIME Magazine, The Boston Globe, Psychology Today, and LITTLE MATCHES is a People Magazine Book of the Week. She is also the author of CASCADE, a novel, which was the Boston Globe Book Club’s inaugural pick, a finalist for the Massachusetts Book Award, and a People Magazine Book of the Week. A story collection was a finalist for the Flannery O’Connor Award for Short Fiction. She is a certified end-of-life doula and lectures on topics including chronic illness, bereavement, and secular spirituality; and with two other medical memoirists, speaks to “why medicine needs memoir” at Medical Grand Rounds programs at hospitals around the country.