About The Turnout:
Bestselling and award-winning author Megan Abbott’s revelatory, mesmerizing, and game-changing new novel set against the hothouse of a family-run ballet studio, and an interloper who arrives to bring down the carefully crafted Eden-like facade.
Ballet flows through their veins. Dara and Marie Durant were dancers since birth, with their long necks and matching buns and pink tights, homeschooled and trained by their mother. Decades later the Durant School of Dance is theirs. The two sisters, together with Charlie, Dara’s husband and once their mother’s prize student, inherited the school after their parents died in a tragic accident nearly a dozen years ago. Marie, warm and soft, teaches the younger students; Dara, with her precision, trains the older ones; and Charlie, back broken after years of injuries, rules over the back office. Circling around each other, 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 delicate balance of everything they’ve worked for.
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.
Past Praise For Megan Abbott:
‘Megan Abbott is the perfect storyteller-compelling, confounding and unconventional’ VAL MCDERMID
‘Megan Abbott is always a surprising writer, one with a liking for the raw and ambivalent side of life’ KATE ATKINSON
‘Megan Abbott is the 21st century’s answer to Patricia Highsmith – she has that uncanny insight into the dark and treacherous depths of the human heart’ DAN CHAON
‘An extraordinary writer’ NICK HORNBY
‘One of the most exciting and original voices of her generation’ LAURA LIPPMAN
‘Abbott has become expert at revealing truths we thought we knew but didn’t, delivered in prose that is by turns elegant and incantatory’ DANIEL WOODRELL
Praise For The Turnout:
TIME’s Most Anticipated Books of 2021
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“There is not a writer alive who is better at investigating the tension and threat of violence at the center of women’s lives than Megan Abbott—because no one else is looking at the violence from within women’s lives, as opposed to outside threats on trains, planes, in windows, or on dark, shadowy streets. Megan goes into the heart of female spaces and finds the ugly in all that pretty, the dark in all that light, with breath-taking suspense. The Turnout has notes of James M. Cain and Alfred Hitchcock, but it’s better because it’s so fresh and unexpected, so wholly revelatory. I turned page after page, holding my breath in fear, and also excitement, about what might happen in this run-down ballet school, what blood red might be lurking behind all that pink. This is Megan Abbott working at the absolute height of her talent.”
–Attica Locke, author of Bluebird, Bluebird and Heaven, My Home
“All one needs to know about a Megan Abbott book is that it’s a Megan Abbott book — dreamy, sexy, a deep dive into a subculture that has been exhaustively researched. The Turnout is all those things and more, taking you so far into the world of a small ballet school that you feel the characters’ aches and pains in your joints, your feet and, most dangerous of all, your heart.”
–Laura Lippman, author of Lady in the Lake
About Megan Abbott:
Megan Abbott is the award-winning author of nine novels, including Give Me Your Hand, You Will Know Me, The Fever, Dare Me, and The End of Everything. She received her PhD in literature from New York University. Her writing has appeared in The New York Times, the Wall Street Journal, the Los Angeles Times Magazine, The 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. She lives in New York City.