A TODAY SHOW #ReadWithJenna BOOK CLUB PICK! • An empowering, behind-the-scenes novel of a young Hollywood actress and the dark secret she’s ready to confront.
One of Summer 2020’s Most Anticipated Novels
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“Beautifully written and compulsively readable…At its core, this book is about redemption, grace, and pain.”
—Jenna Bush Hager
“A novel so full-blooded, so humane, that the pages feel almost warm to the touch. A clarifying, purifying chronicle of a promising young woman gone astray and the story of her comeback. Grace Turner can do it. You can do it, too.”
Grace Turner was one movie away from Hollywood’s A-List. So no one understood why, at the height of her career and on the eve of her first Golden Globe nomination, she disappeared.
Now, one year later, Grace is back in Los Angeles and ready to reclaim her life on her own terms.
When Grace is asked to present a lifetime achievement award to director Able Yorke—the man who controlled her every move for eight years—she knows there’s only one way she’ll be free of the secret that’s already taken so much from her.
The Comeback is a moving and provocative story of justice—a true page-turner about a young woman finding the strength and power of her voice.
In Berman's debut, a young actor struggles to break free from a famous Hollywood director. Grace Turner, 23, has been living in her parents' house in Anaheim, Calif., in the year since she disappeared on the eve of the Golden Globes. Grace is newly sober and out of the spotlight that has followed her since she was a 15-year-old British schoolgirl handpicked by director Able Yorke for the starring role in a trilogy. Able, widely respected in the industry and by the public, changes Grace's life at the cost of years of emotional manipulation and, eventually, sexual abuse. When Grace finds out that her younger sister, with whom she's long had a rocky relationship, is moving back home, she decides to return to Los Angeles and find a way to move forward with her life. But going back also means confronting all she left behind, including her estranged, still beloved husband Dylan; the paparazzi, always hungry to document her slip-ups; and, of course, Able, who still casts a long shadow over her life. While a slow first half wears on the reader, the late scenes of confrontation are electrifying. Berman's searing psychological portrait shows how Grace's girlhood is corrupted by Able's rampant ego and the industry's unencumbered patriarchy.
Very good. Couldn’t put it down! There are some triggering topics including abuse of power and sexual abuse.