Unbecoming: A Novel

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Penguin Group USA, 2015 - Fiction - 308 pages
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“Startlingly inventive.” The New York Times Book Review

A major debut novel of psychological suspense about a daring art heist, a cat-and-mouse waiting game, and a small-town girl's mesmerizing transformation

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 in her 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.

Unbecoming is 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 Donna Tartt.

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User Review  - voracious - LibraryThing

Grace is a 23 year old ex-pat living in Paris who is employed restoring delicate antiques of questionable origin. Soon after she left her small town of Garland, Tennessee for Europe, Grace's husband ... Read full review

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The best lies were the simplest and made the most sense, in the mind and in the mouth. Those lies were the easiest to swallow. Page 1 The life you think you live, the life you want to live, and the ... Read full review

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About the author (2015)

Rebecca Scherm is a graduate of New York University and the Helen Zell Writers Program at the University of Michigan. Her work has appeared in The 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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