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Reviewed by Jessa Larsen

Ivy Wilkes grew up in Boston, attended art school in Chicago where she grew to love a painter by the name of Georgia O’Keeffe. She idolized O’Keeffe so much, that when she graduated art school she moved to Santa Fe, New Mexico to take a job at the Georgia O’Keeffe museum. Ivy thought of herself as a talented painter and aimed for the goal of eventually becoming just as great as O’Keeffe. However, Ivy soon begins to feel as though her creativity has come to a standstill and begins to simply imitate O’Keeffe’s paintings in hopes of finding some inspiration.

Eventually, Ivy’s upstairs neighbor Maya suggests that her paintings are impressive enough that she could sell them as forgeries on the black market. Ivy decides to go with the plan, convincing herself that she is not duplicating, simply being inspired and painting in the same style. As time passes, Ivy begins to feel as though she is stuck in the situation and will never become famous and accomplished for her own genuine work. Ivy must decide what she wants, and quickly, before the inevitability of being caught for her illegal forgeries comes to fruition.

I quite enjoyed The Dissemblers. Liza Campbell has an amazing ability to draw you into the book with her beautiful writing and incredible imagery. She is able to make you feel as if you are living the story alongside the rest of the characters. You lose yourself and can picture the hot, dry heat of Santa Fe and smell the rain that threatens, but never falls. You are a fly on the wall as you watch Ivy’s story unfold and anticipate what’s going to happen next. The biggest question of course is whether or not Ivy will eventually be caught making forgeries and I waited on the edge of my seat until I found out.

Rating: 4/5

Jessa lives in Utah with her husband, 2 sons, 2 cats, and 2 dogs. She goes to school full time as an English major with a focus in creative writing. She likes anime and reads books and plays video games in her moments of spare time.

Review copy was provided free of any obligation by Permanent Press. No monetary or any other form of compensation was received.