Unbecoming

Unbecoming

Book - 2015
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After a heist she planned lands two men she loves in prison, a woman flees Paris and assumes a new identity, furtively checking news from her hometown as her web of deception unravels.
On the grubby outskirts of Paris a woman restores bric-a-brac, mends teapots, re-sets gems. She calls herself Julie, says she's from California. 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. In Paris, Julie/Grace begins a cat-and-mouse waiting game as her web of deception and lies unravels.
Publisher: New York :, Viking,, [2015]
ISBN: 9780525427506
0525427503
9780143128311
0143128310
Characteristics: 308 pages ; 24 cm

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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
paris shop tennessee museum robbery

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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