Suspense, romance, deception. Art and antiques. Small town America, New York, the outskirsts and flea markets of Paris. This is the stuff of Rebecca Scherm's grand slam of a debut, a story with which I immediately fell in love and one which readers would be wrong to miss. The characters of Unbecoming, while not always likeable, are some of the most compelling I've ever encountered. As readers embark on a journey with Grace across the Atlantic, back and forth in memory and emotion, she seeks to both keep herself hidden and find a way back to the people she left behind in an artfully executed mess of lies, love, and fraud. I could not tear myself away from this book.
February 2015 Indie Next List
“Julie rents a room in a dilapidated house outside of Paris. She repairs antiques, mostly things no one else wants, and is a loner with no friends or social life. In her room at night, she reads the news from Garland, Tennessee, her hometown, where two men are about to be let out on parole for a crime for which she was the mastermind. Julie is terrified of being found and is just trying to survive. This is an exhilarating page-turner with multi-layered characters and several good twists. Once you hit the halfway point, it's a race to the finish to find out what's going to happen.”
— Amanda Skelton, Union Avenue Books, Knoxville, TN
EDGAR AWARD NOMINEE FOR BEST FIRST NOVEL Startlingly inventive. The New York Times Book Review A sheer delight to read . . . I had no idea what was going to happen from one page to the next. Kate Atkinson On the grubby outskirts of Paris, Grace restores bric-a-brac, mends teapots, re-sets gems. She calls herself Julie, says she's from California, and slips back to a rented room at night. Regularly, furtively, she checks the hometown paper on the Internet. Home is Garland, Tennessee, and there, two young men have just been paroled. One, she married; the other, she's in love with. Both were jailed for a crime that Grace herself planned in exacting detail. The heist went bad but not before she was on a plane to Prague with a stolen canvas rolled inher bag. And so, in Paris, begins a cat-and-mouse waiting game as Grace's web of deception and lies unravels and she becomes another young woman entirely. Unbecomingis an intricately plotted and psychologically nuanced heist novel that turns on suspense and slippery identity. With echoes of Alfred Hitchcock and Patricia Highsmith, Rebecca Scherm's mesmerizing debut is sure to entrance fans of Gillian Flynn, Marisha Pessl, and DonnaTartt.
About the Author
Rebecca Schermis a graduate of New York University and the Helen Zell Writers Program at the University of Michigan. Her work has appeared inThe New York Times, Jezebel, The Toast, Subtropics, and elsewhere. She lives in Michigan, where she is at work on her second novel."
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