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The Turnout – tekijä: Megan Abbott

The Turnout (vuoden 2021 painos)

– tekijä: Megan Abbott (Tekijä)

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Teoksen nimi:The Turnout
Kirjailijat:Megan Abbott (Tekijä)
Info:G.P. Putnam's Sons (2021), 352 pages
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The title refers to a ballet position and to an attempt to evict a family of three from their home. Abbott's suspense novels usually laser in on thin white girls - ie cheerleaders and gymnasts – threatened by venal adults or by other mean thin white girls. The Turnout is about a small ballet studio inherited by two sisters from their unstable dance instructor mother and alcoholic father, who died together in a mysterious car crash when the girls were teenagers. Dara and Marie, along with male classmate Charlie who marries Dara, seems to be joined at the hip until a suspicious fire causes them to hire a contractor, Derek, to repair the damage. Derek brings only worse damage with him, as he seduces the vulnerable Marie and attempts to steal the family home out from under them, with obsessed Marie's disloyal assistance. Dara narrates, and there's something not right about any or all of them - their mother's relationship with Charlie, Marie's earlier attempts to escape the house, and Dara and Marie's really off adolescence. Secrets about the contractor's other paramours, the dance students who don’t get chosen to be Clara in the Nutcracker, and about Charlie himself unwind suspensefully and provide a great ending. Almost comparable to Shirley Jackson's amazing scary sisters thriller We Have Always Lived in the Castle. ( )
  froxgirl | Sep 11, 2021 |
Folks, I finished reading The Turnout by Megan Abbott at the end of July, and there is not a day that goes by that I do not think about it in some way. It is one of the most haunting novels I have read. On the one hand, I could say that it haunts me because of my familiarity with the dance world, and yet, the dance world she depicts is not really like the one I know. Anyone who is familiar with dance, especially ballet, knows that there is most definitely a dark side to the art form. The blood, sweat, and tears that go into dance are no joke. Yet, what Ms. Abbott depicts in almost lyrical fashion is almost disturbing in its intensity. And this is only the dance aspect of the novel. The Durant family is all sorts of messed up, which you sort of know at the start but don’t realize the extent of it until the end. By then, Ms. Abbott has you almost hypnotized with her writing style that is one step shy of being unintelligible. The overall effect is a story that is disturbing but ethereal, painful but somehow beautiful. When I finished the novel, I didn’t think I liked it at all. After a month of reflection, I realize that it is a masterpiece. ( )
  jmchshannon | Sep 10, 2021 |
Megan Abbott began her career writing classic noir with a feminist twist like her story of a criminal working for a crime boss, where both are women and the protagonist's downfall comes at the hands of a good-looking but none too bright man in Queenpin, or her novel based on a Depression-era murderess in Bury Me Deep. Then she moved to writing twisty crime novels set in the present, in which the protagonists were teenage girls, like the cheerleaders of Dare Me. With The Turnout, Abbott has shifted her focus again, telling the story from the point of view of one of two sisters who run a ballet school.

Dara and her sister Marie teach ballet in the same school their mother founded. When an accident leaves one of their studios damaged, a contractor is hired to repair and renovate the space. But the contractor isn't there just to supervise the work. And the danger he poses is apparent only to Dara. Meanwhile, the preparations for the annual production of The Nutcracker continue, with the stress put on the teenager dancing the part of Clara is exacerbated by the jealousy of her fellow students, at least one of whom thinks the part should have gone to her.

This is a twisty one, full of old grievances and rivalries. No one is exactly as they seem and who is responsible for an escalating series of incidents is uncertain, as is the motivations of everyone, until the very end. Abbott excels at writing problematic relationships, complex situations and in taking things to the next level. She doesn't pull her punches and this is her best yet. I was left wishing that she'd go back and write entire novels from the point of view of other characters in the book, there was so much going on. ( )
1 ääni RidgewayGirl | Aug 20, 2021 |
I am not sure I will ever be able to see a production of The Nutcracker again after reading this book. Lies, and secrets and the dark side of being a ballet dancer abound in this story about the relationship of two sisters who teach ballet to young students. I liked none of the characters, and yet I was compelled to finish reading the book to see how this dark story ended for this very dysfunctional and creepy family. ( )
  brangwinn | Aug 18, 2021 |
Ballet -- The good, the bad, the creepy, and “The Nutcracker”

“The Turnout” is, of course, about ballet; readers are plunged into that fairy tale world with dancers working and instructors patiently training. These are the stars of the future, but no matter their eventual careers, all these children will always be dancers, and they will always remember “Nutcracker.” Of course a privileged few dance, dance, dance, and then teach dance, like the Durant family. For Dara and Marie, life had always been about ballet; it was their whole childhood. Theirs is a family that makes its own rules, its own atmosphere, and ultimately its own demise.

Dara and Marie are now dancers who teach dance and teach it well, as their mother had, at The Durant School of Dance. Dara’s husband Charlie, once their mother’s prize student, runs all the business operations from the back office. They all are the same, but different. However, there are always people who ruin everything. Family secrets are the very worst kind, and yet they have been keeping them their whole lives. It is always the three of them, until it is not. The routine is rigid and precise, until it is turmoil. Everything works, until it does not. The fire, the construction, the expansion, and most of all, the contractor Derek; everything is wrong.
“The Turnout” is not just a collection of the bad things that people do; it is a plummet into the pandemonium that is ballet -- position, rehearsals, position correction, performances, correct position, perfection, and shoes, always the shoes. I received a review copy of “The Turnout” from Megan Abbott, G. P. Putnam’s Sons, and Penguin Random House. “The Nutcracker” -- little girls love it; the magical experience, the dream of being Clara, the familiar photos; it is an experience unlike any other.
It is not my favorite book by Megan Abbot, but it certainly paints an unusual, believable, and creepy picture. ( )
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