Portrait of a Thief by Grace D. Li
This book has been on my radar since Anne Bogel of the Modern Mrs. Darcy blog put it on her summer reading guide last year. It sounded interesting enough to intrigue me, but apparently not enough for me to pick it up as part of my summer reading.
Recently I decided to listen to the audio book, and I must say I did really enjoy it.
Let me just share with you the beginning of the book jacket description…
“History is told by the conquerors. Across the Western world, museums display the spoils of war, of conquest, of colonialism; priceless pieces of art looted from other countries, kept even now. Will Chen plans to steal them back.”
The Premise: Very Ocean’s Eleven-like, Will Chen hatches a plan to steal back some of China’s most precious art pieces that are currently on display in museums around the world. Will pulls together a group of family/friends/acquaintances to plan and execute these heists. He includes his sister Irene, who can talk anyone into anything; Daniel, a premed student who can steal just about anything; Alex, a girl he briefly dated once, who can hack into anything; and Lily who can drive anything.
The crew hysterically watches old heist movies as they research and plan how they will pull this off.
The book has it’s funny moments and it’s stressful moments; but mostly it’s about family baggage, identity and relationships.
If you like a good heist story, or good family drama, get your copy HERE.
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