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A whirlwind adventure of a book I lived in New York myself in the 90s and like the talented protagonist of two names, was drawn to Soho and the art scene Somewhat terrifyingly, it was not hard for me to understand how a bored girl from a small town might somehow fall into a second identity as a thief and glamorous patron of the art world You d think you could never understand how an understated girl from a small town could embezzle this amount of money But the author does a wonderful job of A whirlwind adventure of a book I lived in New York myself in the 90s and like the talented protagonist of two names, was drawn to Soho and the art scene Somewhat terrifyingly, it was not hard for me to understand how a bored girl from a small town might somehow fall into a second identity as a thief and glamorous patron of the art world You d think you could never understand how an understated girl from a small town could embezzle this amount of money But the author does a wonderful job of showing exactly how this happened, in a frighteningly seductive way, Though this book draws an obvious comparison to the Talented Mr Ripley, it sometimes reminded me a littleof the first part of Psycho only what if Marion Crane went back and forth between her office job and the glamorous escape she had tried to make, which was a success I found this book to be a whole lot of delicious fun and was surprised to learn it is based on a true story which I am now inclined to research If you have any interest in art, crime, or both, you will be sucked into this book..Thanks to Harper Collins, NetGalley and the Talented Emily Grey Tedrowe for the advanced copy of this lovely book which I savored like a fine piece of art [[ DOWNLOAD EPUB ]] ↿ The Talented Miss Farwell ☞ Catch Me If You Can Meets Patricia Highsmith In This Electrifying Page Turner Of Greed And Obsession, Survival And Self Invention That Is A Piercing Character Study Of One Unforgettable Female Con Artist Becky Farwell Is One Of The Most Wickedly Compelling Characters I Ve Read In Ages A Machiavellian Marvel, A Modern Becky Sharp, A Character To Root For Despite Your Better Judgment And Her Story, Both Topical And Timeless, Will Knock You Off Your Feet Rebecca Makkai, Author Of The Great BelieversAt The End Of The S, With The Art Market Finally Recovered From Its Disastrous Collapse, Miss Rebecca Farwell Has Made A Killing At Christie S In New York City, Selling A Portion Of Her Extraordinary Art Collection For A RudPercent Profit Dressed In Couture YSL, Drinking The Finest Champagne At Trendy Balthazar, Reba, As She S Known, Is The Picture Of A Wealthy Art Collector To Some, The Elusive Miss Farwell Is A Shark With Outstanding Business Acumen To Others, She S A Heartless Capitalist Whose Only Interest In Art Is How Much She Can MakeBut A Thousand Miles From The Big Apple, In The Small Town Of Pierson, Illinois, Miss Farwell Is Someone Else Entirely A Quiet Single Woman Known As Becky Who Still Lives In Her Family S Farmhouse, Wears Sensible Shoes, And Works Tirelessly As The Town S Treasurer And Controller No One Understands The Ins And Outs Of Pierson S Accounts Better Than Becky She S The Last One In The Office Every Night, Crunching The Numbers Somehow, Her Neighbors Marvel, She Always Finds A Way To Get The Struggling Town Just A Little Money What Pierson Doesn T See And Can Never Discover Is That Much Of That Money Is Shifted Into A Separate Account That She Controls, Borrowed Funds Used To Finance Her Art Habit Though She Quietly Repays Pierson When She Can, The Business Of Art Is Cutthroat And Unpredictable But As Reba Farwell S Deals Get Bigger And Bigger, Becky Farwell S Debt To Pierson Spirals Out Of Control How Long Can The Talented Miss Farwell Continue To Pull Off Her Double Life This title already has many long reviews here, some that give away the whole plot, so I won t repeat what has already been said My favorite part of the story was the beginning chapters when Becky Farwell is a smart, hard working teenager who takes care of her father and runs his business In a way, this is a feminist tale a boy in the same situation wouldn t run into the obstacles that kept Miss Farwell feeling lonely and desperate for a little fun and excitement I m picky about endings and t This title already has many long reviews here, some that give away the whole plot, so I won t repeat what has already been said My favorite part of the story was the beginning chapters when Becky Farwell is a smart, hard working teenager who takes care of her father and runs his business In a way, this is a feminist tale a boy in the same situation wouldn t run into the obstacles that kept Miss Farwell feeling lonely and desperate for a little fun and excitement I m picky about endings and this story has a great ending Miss Farwell is talented and hardworking, so where ever she ends up, she s going to do well Becky Farwell grows up a lot through the course of The Talented Miss Farwell Starting with her childhood, where she becomes an accounting whiz in order to save her family business and moves on to work for the town hall in her small town of Illinois At some point, Miss Farwell begins to lead a double life , one of money and prestige as a well known art collector She uses money that isn t hers to fund her art collection and yet at other times, she ll sell portions to do good deeds for those ar Becky Farwell grows up a lot through the course of The Talented Miss Farwell Starting with her childhood, where she becomes an accounting whiz in order to save her family business and moves on to work for the town hall in her small town of Illinois At some point, Miss Farwell begins to lead a double life , one of money and prestige as a well known art collector She uses money that isn t hers to fund her art collection and yet at other times, she ll sell portions to do good deeds for those around her in her other life I found this book hard to gauge It s told in timeline format from youth to Becky s mid 40 s As much as we learned about Becky, I still felt like we didn t get a great grasp of the character even at the end We knew her motives, but not truly what drove her I felt unsettled by the book itself This is a suspense mystery I won an ARC of this book from goodreads giveaway, and I will post a review as soon as I finish reading the book. I ve seen the mixed reviews on this one and it took me a few minutes to really consider my thoughts I read most of this book over a weekend Any book that can keep me to where I make time to read just onechapter , I have to likethan just a little I could see where Becky was going with her flawed plan but kept hoping there would be a point where she would come to her senses I did enjoy how the author gave us a glimpse into the mind of a compulsive gamblerjust onehand, jus I ve seen the mixed reviews on this one and it took me a few minutes to really consider my thoughts I read most of this book over a weekend Any book that can keep me to where I make time to read just onechapter , I have to likethan just a little I could see where Becky was going with her flawed plan but kept hoping there would be a point where she would come to her senses I did enjoy how the author gave us a glimpse into the mind of a compulsive gamblerjust onehand, just onetimeand then I ll have enough My fave line from the book What was it like to have just your one regular life and to be content She was almost forty seven years old and she had so much and it was never enough Pretty profound The ending was the bummer for me I loved Beckys friendship with Ingrid from the beginning and really hoped for arewarding closure for those two To avoid spoilers, I won t say much other than to say the ending was my least favorite part of the whole book So for the ending, this one ends up with a 3.5 for me and not a full 4 Otherwise, an enjoyable read that I could definitely see make it to a screen Interesting. Becky Farwell responds to her tragic young life full of limitations by turning her talent for math and problem solving into a new activity at which she can prosper. While I had empathy for her and her life choices this book was so brilliantly written that I just had anxiety throughout I was never sure whether I was supposed to admire her or just be disgusted. Poor Becky Farwell Growing up in a small farming town with a widowed father with a failing farm equipment business, there was never any question that she could attend college, despite her amazing talent for numbers She quickly gets a job in the accounting department for the city of Pierson, IL, and notices that the way things have always been done is sloppy and inefficient Worse, when she tries to bring mistakes to the attention of her superiors, she s treated with contempt and told not to Poor Becky Farwell Growing up in a small farming town with a widowed father with a failing farm equipment business, there was never any question that she could attend college, despite her amazing talent for numbers She quickly gets a job in the accounting department for the city of Pierson, IL, and notices that the way things have always been done is sloppy and inefficient Worse, when she tries to bring mistakes to the attention of her superiors, she s treated with contempt and told not to make waves It s no wonder that The Talented Miss Farwell soon begins to take advantage of the lack of oversight and the slap dash ways of the office to create a little secret slush fund of money that no one misses.With an elderly, ailing father, a family business to keep afloat, no time for dating, and a job where she s unappreciated, is it any wonder she needs a hobby This soon manifests itself in a newly discovered love of art Soon Becky is attending art auctions and using her secret account to buy paintings, which she then re sells at a profit For a while, she repays the money she borrows but soon her addiction leads her to purchaseexpensive pieces.Once she grows tired of the nearby art scene in Chicago, she decides to head to where the real action is New York City Among her artsy friends, she s Reba sophisticated, always expensively dressed, and knowledgeable about all aspects of the art business To the people of Pierson, she s Becky dependable, boring, and highly efficient at her job She s known for being able to magically find money when the town needs something repaired At the same time, due to the poor economy, the town is in a financial hole not helped by Becky s skimming How long until her Activity as she calls her new venture is discovered I enjoyed reading about how Becky gotandreckless with her embezzling and the lengths she had to go to in order to cover up her deception The element of danger was alluring, as was the opportunity to escape her drab daily life to be a high flyer in the art world Her uncanny eye for spotting valuable bargains should have enabled her to keep both her Activity and the town of Pierson afloat, but her need to continually chase the next great artwork meant she could never be satisfied I received an Advance Reader s Edition of The Talented Miss Farwell from the publisher in exchange for this review I received a free ARC of The Talented Miss Farwell from Harper Collins Publishing, but all thoughts and opinions expressed in this review are my own She was Becky Farwell, quicksilver, out thinker, king Infatigable, audacious, high flying Becky or Reba, depending on who you ask isn t the type to settle And why should she, when she s pretty much perfected the balance between hometown sweetheart and international art dealer The plot of this book swept me up into a roiling current of prop I received a free ARC of The Talented Miss Farwell from Harper Collins Publishing, but all thoughts and opinions expressed in this review are my own She was Becky Farwell, quicksilver, out thinker, king Infatigable, audacious, high flying Becky or Reba, depending on who you ask isn t the type to settle And why should she, when she s pretty much perfected the balance between hometown sweetheart and international art dealer The plot of this book swept me up into a roiling current of propulsive momentum, nail biting moments of tension, and the overarching question will she be able to pull it all off Becky is tenacious, brazen I liked her immediately Although her Activity embezzling, to be blunt falls short of selfless or even, well, legal, she executes all of her schemes, from saving her father s failing business to her shady and glamorous art world dealings, with such determination and vivacity that you can t help but be impressed Little Becky Farwell, local girl made good For now.The pace of the plot was my favorite part of this story because I simply couldn t put the book down I had to know what was coming next I enjoyed the descriptive, yet offhand references to art and fashion that fleshed out theconceptual side of Becky s double life, that of lofty penthouses filled with priceless art, artists themselves tossed to the wolves in extravagant parties that lasted till dawn The fashion in particular I thought was a clever plot device to show Becky s passage through time and ascension up the social ladder she begins the book wearing green eyeshadow following advice from a magazine, but as an adult sits first row at shows for McQueen and Rei Kawakubo.The consistency, too, of Becky s cutthroat desire for opulence,art,money was an interesting measuring stick for the events of the book Although she herself admits there are times when she could have, should have, bailed out of the whole scheme while she was ahead, both she and her reader are waiting to see how far she ll push it and how much she ll get away with