What I’m Reading: Unbecoming

I just finished up Unbecoming: A Novel by Rebecca Scherm.

Being I was in the quilting room much last weekend I was able to finish a book.  It was a treat for me as my book consumption has really slowed.

So how was the book.  It was pretty good.  Great?  No.  The story was interesting…as little slow though.

Here’s what Amazon had to say, “On the grubby outskirts of Paris, Grace restores bric-a-brac, mends teapots, re-sets gems. She calls herself Julie, says she’s from California, and slips back to a rented room at night. Regularly, furtively, she checks the hometown paper on the Internet. Home is Garland, Tennessee, and there, two young men have just been paroled. One, she married; the other, she’s in love with. Both were jailed for a crime that Grace herself planned in exacting detail. The heist went bad—but not before she was on a plane to Prague with a stolen canvas rolled in her bag. And so, in Paris, begins a cat-and-mouse waiting game as Grace’s web of deception and lies unravels—and she becomes another young woman entirely.”

The desciption makes the book sound like it’s a thriller.  I didn’t see it as that.  I saw it more as a illustration of a life gone bad.  I saw it as a story of someone wanting something so bad and trying to get only to found they really didn’t know what they were looking for until they lost it and it was too late to get it back.

Amazon readers say 3.8 stars.  I’d say that I’d agree.

2 thoughts on “What I’m Reading: Unbecoming”

  1. I reviewed Unbecoming in audio for Library Journal. It was interesting….it grew on me as I got into the story. The characters were not particularly like able, were they?

  2. I thought I’d recommend a couple books. I just finished “Love Anthony” by Lisa Genove or Genova. It was excellent. Her earlier books, “Still Alice” and “Left Neglected” were good, too. Each is a different story so there’s no need to read in order. I’m looking forward to her next book which is due out in August.

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