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The Comeback

"Pre-empting MeToo, The Comeback follows a child star taking mysterious time away from Hollywood, to show the lights of showbiz at their darkest"

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From its opening prologue – the first-person voice deliberately crashing her car, along with her passenger – to its first chapters, Berman gives the reader a constant stream of questions, from the seemingly small to the global: why is this famous actress depressed, back living in suburbia with her resentful family? Why did her seemingly wonderful marriage end? Why doesn’t the producer who forged her career work with her anymore? Why, in her other world, was her younger sister expelled? 

Berman navigates the lines of answering or opening these questions further, leaving some a satisfying, bittersweet mystery even at the end. 

Berman creates a satisfyingly sarcastic narrator in the disappearing star Grace Hyde/Turner, a woman who has been treated so badly she feels self-destruction is almost like taking her agency back. Constantly asked by strangers to say the most famous line from her film, Grace is as likely to tell them to fuck off as to cry. I was interested to see from the author note that Berman started writing this before the Me Too movement became a public conversation.

Lily Lindon

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