Grace Turner was a growing Hollywood star, a beautiful actor taken beneath the wing of mythical director and author Able Yorke. As her reputation grows, so does Able’s manage over her. He molds her into the suitable starlet, however at the back of the scenes, his growing manipulation and verbal abuse spiral into something even darker.
“He desired Marilyn with out the overdose, Winona with out the shoplifting, Gwyneth without the health shit,” Grace explains in the novel. “I turned into untouchable, unstoppable, hurtling down a route to immortality so rapidly, so immaculately, that no longer one person stopped to impeach the way it all worked so well, a fortysomething guy and a youngster being so inextricably linked.”
By the time she’s 21, Grace is addicted to vodka and pills. On the eve of her first awards season, Grace steps away from the spotlight, fleeing first to her parents’ home in unfashionable Anaheim, California, then to a moldy Malibu seashore house inside the shadow of Able’s home. The paparazzi flock to seize her dazed, matted look as she adjusts to residing on her very own for the primary time in her life. A experience to the gasoline station to buy food—dill-flavored potato chips, a p.C. of Babybel cheese, water and a slice of pizza (she doesn’t know a way to cook)—is like throwing bread crumbs to seagulls. Soon pics of her are plastered throughout gossip websites, and Grace is at a crossroads: Will she be a Hollywood cautionary tale, or a comeback story?
The similarities to Harvey Weinstein are inescapable, but in an author’s note, Ella Berman writes that she started the novel months earlier than the New York Times and The New Yorker started out publishing bombshell revelations approximately the disgraced megaproducer’s records of mistreatment and sexual assault. The Comeback flirts with however in no way devolves right into a formulaic revenge plot, which would cheapen what seems to be a surprising and gratifying story. First-time novelist Berman deftly captures the leisure industry in all its fickleness and gives a complex, compassionate portrait of the lasting scars of abuse and trauma.