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Barbara Shapiro finds success with her sixth novel

Sweet success, at last

For Boston novelist Barbara Shapiro, the sixth time is a charm. After dismal sales for her first five novels, Shapiro’s “The Art Forger” (Algonquin), out in paperback, is a hit. “ ‘The Art Forger’ isn’t only my most successful book, it’s my only successful book,” Shapiro wrote in an e-mail. The New England Independent Booksellers Association, or NEIBA, recently voted it the best novel of 2013 .

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