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Megan Abbott, award-winning author and executive producer of USA's adaptation of DARE ME, joins us for a virtual event to introduce her new irresistible thriller, THE TURNOUT. The book is a sharp and strange dissection of family ties, femininity, and power that follows two sisters who run a dance school. Our Unlikely bookseller Bill loved this book and said "THE TURNOUT is easily Megan Abbott's best book. Mirroring the shadowy underbelly of the ballet THE NUTCRACKER, as well as the dark, sensual world of fairy tales, THE TURNOUT is soon twisting and turning in unexpected ways as family secrets and lies come to light. Full of gasp-inducing plot twists and simmering with an uncomfortable sexuality." Joining Megan for the event is Alafair Burke, the international bestselling author of the thrillers THE BETTER SISTER and THE WIFE. Save your spot in the free event below.

Attendees purchasing Megan Abbott's THE TURNOUT from An Unlikely Story will recieve a signed copy, while supplies last. 

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Bestselling and award-winning author Megan Abbott's revelatory and mesmerizing new novel set against the hothouse of a family-run ballet studio.

With their long necks and matching buns and pink tights, Dara and Marie Durant have been dancers since they can remember. Growing up, they were homeschooled and trained by their glamorous mother, founder of the Durant School of Dance. After their parents' death in a tragic accident nearly a dozen years ago, the sisters began running the school together, along with Charlie, Dara's husband and once their mother's prized student.
Marie, warm and soft, teaches the younger students; Dara, with her precision, trains the older ones; and Charlie, sidelined from dancing after years of injuries, rules over the back office. Circling around one another, the three have perfected a dance, six days a week, that keeps the studio thriving. But when a suspicious accident occurs, just at the onset of the school's annual performance of The Nutcracker—a season of competition, anxiety, and exhilaration—an interloper arrives and threatens the sisters' delicate balance.

Taut and unnerving, The Turnout is Megan Abbott at the height of her game. With uncanny insight and hypnotic writing, it is a sharp and strange dissection of family ties and sexuality, femininity and power, and a tale that is both alarming and irresistible.

Megan Abbott is the award-winning author of ten novels, including Give Me Your Hand, You Will Know MeThe FeverDare Me, and The End of Everything. She received her PhD in literature from New York University. Her writing has appeared in The New York TimesThe Wall Street Journal, the Los Angeles Times MagazineThe Guardian, and The Believer. She is the co-creator and executive producer of USA's adaptation of Dare Me and was a staff writer on HBO's David Simon show The Deuce. Abbott lives in New York City.

Alafair Burke is a New York Times bestselling author whose most recent novels include The Wife and The Ex, which was nominated for the Edgar Award for best novel. She also co-authors the bestselling Under Suspicion series with Mary Higgins Clark. A former prosecutor, she now teaches criminal law and lives in Manhattan and East Hampton.

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Thursday, August 5, 2021 - 7:00pm
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ISBN: 9780593084908
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Published: G.P. Putnam's Sons - August 3rd, 2021

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ISBN: 9780316430173
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