Unbecoming

Unbecoming

A Novel

eBook - 2015
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"Startlingly inventive." —The New York Times Book ReviewA major debut novel of psychological suspense about a daring art heist, a cat-and-mouse waiting game, and a small-town girl's mesmerizing transformationOn 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...
Publisher: New York : Penguin Publishing Group, 2015
ISBN: 9780698176386
Characteristics: text file
1 online resource
Additional Contributors: OverDrive, Inc

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ananaszeffira
Jul 07, 2016

im not sure how to rate this. this was wonderfully written, almost exhausting descriptions. so accurate, to be terrifying. I couldn't put it down once I started. I enjoyed how to story was revealed, thru flashbacks. but the reality of these characters lives and choices is so depressing. I had a hard time finding who to root for. a harsh world this young woman (author) depicts. harsh and ugly, but not unrealistic

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ritarufus
Apr 01, 2016

Was slow to get into but once it got going i really enjoyed.

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msp_pier
Mar 15, 2016

This was SO good. SO good. At the beginning of the novel we meet Grace, who has run away to Paris and changed her identity because she's connected to an art theft in her home town of Garland, Tennessee. Two of the men who have been arrested for this theft are her boyfriend and his best friend, who she also happens to be in love with. As she counts down the days to their release from prison, we are swept up into Grace's story and her journey that led her to Paris. Suspenseful and character driven, you won't really know what's going to happen until the very end.

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csut2
Jan 04, 2016

wsj nolan best 2015
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ChristchurchLib Mar 08, 2015

"Working as an antiques and jewellery restorer in Paris, 23-year-old Grace from Tennessee is hiding from her past with a new identify as Julie from California. She's also keeping an eye on the news from her hometown, where her husband and his best friend are incarcerated for art theft. Told in flashbacks that fill the novel with double-crosses, this leisurely paced tale combines both character study and suspense -- and plenty of details from the art and antiques world. If you enjoyed Bradford Morrow's The Forgers for those reasons, give Unbecoming a try." Thrillers and Suspense March 2015 newsletter http://www.libraryaware.com/996/NewsletterIssues/ViewIssue/9a883106-07d9-497e-858e-7cf0ffcd82ad?postId=721faf5e-19fe-4cbe-b049-41cb11d34001

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