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Unbecoming
A Novel
By (author): Rebecca Scherm
Rebecca Scherm

Imprint:

Penguin Books

ISBN:

9780143128311

Product Form:

Paperback

Form detail:

Trade
Paperback , Trade
English

Audience:

General Trade
Dec 01, 2015
$23.00 CAD
Active

Dimensions:

8.4in x 5.5 x 0.67 in | 0.68 lb

Page Count:

320 pages
Penguin Books
FICTION / Thrillers / Suspense
A spellbinding novel of psychological suspense that follows a small-town girl from Tennessee as she charms her way into a life of forgery, fraud, and crime in Paris and New York

In a grubby antiques shop on the 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. From an anonymous internet café, she checks the website of her hometown paper. Back in Garland, Tennessee, two young men are about to be paroled. Both have served time for a crime about which Grace knows a great deal. Their daring escapade went bad, but not before Grace made it onto a plane—contraband in her carry-on—and began methodically disassembling the known facts of her life. Now she knows that, somehow, a piece of her past will find her. As the story unfolds, taking us from small-town USA to the heights and depths of the art scene in New York and Europe, we learn who Grace has been: a girl with a messy, broken home life and a knack for making herself loveable—until she comes face to face with what she actually wants, and everything falls apart. And so begins a cat-and-mouse waiting game, a tale of lies and deception, desperate stakes and dual identities.

Mesmerizing, atmospheric, and psychologically nuanced,UNBECOMING reinvents the heist plot and takes up the making of a femme fatale—this time, from a woman’s point of view. Rebecca Scherm’s novel is truly a brilliant debut, with echoes of classics like Hitchcock and Highsmith, but written with the subtlety and precision of the best contemporary fiction.

Extensive Hardcover Events: In advance of Viking’s publication, Scherm has attended the SIBA and SCIBA trade shows and the Heartland Fall Forum. She will begin her eight-city tour at the end of January and then appear at Winter Institute in February.

Terrific Early Media Response: Long before finished books will come in, reviews have been confirmed in outlets including More Magazine, the Minneapolis Star-Tribune, and the Los Angeles Review of Books, with much more to come. Great write-ups have already run in Publishers Weekly and Library Journal.

Alluring Settings: UNBECOMING juxtaposes the high-stakes, low-rent world of European art forgery with desperate, small-town American life.

Sharp, Complex Portrait of a Young Woman’s Psychology: Grace is as intriguing as Amy in Gone Girl and Jodi in The Silent Wife.

Edgy Psychological Suspense: A contemporary answer to Hitchcock and Highsmith.

Notable Debut: Scherm is a young writer already commanding attention.

Rebecca Scherm is a graduate of New York University and the Helen Zell Writers Program at the University of Michigan, where she received a Hopwood Award. She has been the recipient of a Zell Postgraduate Fellowship, and her work has appeared in Subtropics, The Hairpin, Hobart, and Fiction Writers Review. She teaches English at the University of Michigan.

Author Residence: Ann Arbor, MI

Marketing: Marketing Plans

*GoodReads.com “Ask the Author” promotion

*Produce an online Bookclub Kit

*Finished Copy Mailing to Accounts

*Penguin Readers guide available online

*National Print Advertising

*Online Advertising

Publicity: Publicity Plans: 

10-City author tour: Grand Rapids, MI ; Cincinnati, OH ; Chicago, IL; Chapel Hill, NC ; Fairhope, AL; Savannah, GA; Miami, FL; San Diego/La Jolla, CA; Seattle, WA; Nashville, TN.

National Print / New in Paperback

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Praise for Unbecoming

"In this inventive first novel, Rebecca Scherm introduces us to Julie from California, who’s really Grace from Tennessee and a first-class jewel thief. This gifted artist has made her way to Paris, where she works for a shady antiques restorer, turning out objets d’art that are exquisite fakes. Grace could always reform, but 'the high that raced up and down her' after she steals some diamonds is a thrill she can’t give up."
—Marilyn Stasio, The New York Times Book Review

“Intricately detailed and rich with art and deception, Scherm’s debut is a treat.”
People

“This lively debut combines a knotty coming-of-age tale and a high-society caper. . . . Scherm is at her best when she is parsing the fumblings of a young woman trying to devise a persona in the world.”
The New Yorker

“Scherm’s voice is gutsy. . . . She shows she has the chops to produce something delightfully wicked.”
—Chicago Tribune

“Scherm has elevated the heist novel beyond entertainment. Like a painting that becomes more intriguing the longer you study it, Unbecoming is a genuine work of art.”
Minneapolis Star-Tribune

“A clever, engrossing thriller . . . You won’t want to stop until you’ve turned the last page.”
Huffington Post

“A small-town Tennessee girl flourishes into a classic, yet never cliché, femme fatale in Rebecca Scherm’s provocative coming-of-age debut. . . . With a well-researched plot and illuminating prose, Unbecoming is an atmospheric adventure from start to finish.”
—BookPage

“From the first page, you know Rebecca Scherm is the real thing. Unbecoming is an assured exploration of the intricate, intense, risky processes that go into creating identity—and into dismantling it.”
—Tana French

“Rebecca Scherm’s extraordinarily confident voice and style, this novel’s depth of detail—great characters and a terrifically engaging plot—are a sheer delight to read. There is something very fresh and captivating about this book, and best of all I had no idea what was going to happen from one page to the next.”
—Kate Atkinson

Unbecoming is the story of a heist, and especially what happens afterwards. No one thinks beyond the maps and the timetables and the moment of sale, its narrator tells us, but Rebecca Scherm has done just that, showing us the tense, suspenseful aftermath of an unraveled plan. Unbecoming is a novel of voice, invention, and momentum, as tautly plotted as any Hitchcock movie and focused on the central question any lover and any jewel thief must eventually ask: How do you tell what’s fake from what’s real?”
—Karen Joy Fowler

“‘Self-assured’ doesn’t begin to describe the skill with which Rebecca Scherm develops her central character—Grace—and the tangled web she weaves, which is her life itself. It’s a completely compelling read from start to finish, beautifully researched and brilliantly constructed. I loved it.”
—Elizabeth George

“Some characters who go bad find that it’s against their nature, and some who go bad discover that dishonesty is the central truth about themselves. Rebecca Scherm’s wonderful novel Unbecoming has a mesmerizing narrator, Grace, who discovers that her gift (and it is a real gift) is for deceit. A thriller, a psychological study, and a love story, this novel is an unusually intelligent and suspenseful book. The dark arts have rarely been so brightly lit.”
—Charles Baxter

“Artfully constructed and beautifully nuanced, Unbecoming is an elegant, page-turning mystery of theft, betrayal, and young love, which brilliantly reveals that the very worst lies are the ones we tell ourselves.”
—Kimberly McCreight

“Scherm’s debut has a plot that twists and turns, but it is the enigma of who Grace really is that will keep readers hooked until the very end. A bleak tone, deeply flawed protagonist, and dysfunctional relationships will draw well-deserved comparisons to Gillian Flynn.”
—Library Journal

“Scherm mixes a character study with caper novel full of double-crosses, lies, and betrayals.”
—Publishers Weekly

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