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The Turnout

by Megan Abbott

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The Turnout by Megan Abbott
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    Aug 2021, 352 pages

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A slow-burn thriller with neck-breaking twists and turns, Megan Abbott's The Turnout swirls complicated questions of family, loyalty and how far you would go to protect your own — or yourself.

"We grew up together," Dara finally repeated.
But Marie only looked at her and said quietly, "Did we? Grow up?"

The Turnout, Megan Abbott's tenth novel, swirls complicated questions of family, loyalty and how far you would go to protect your own — or yourself. Like so many of Abbott's stories, it also revolves around female-dominated spaces — as she describes it, "the misty pink hothouse of ballet" — and the feelings of impossible joy, rage, lust and wonder they generate. Focusing on twin sisters Dara and Marie Durant and the ballet school (Durant School of Dance) that they run with Dara's husband Charlie after inheriting it from their mother, The Turnout is a slow-burn thriller with neck-breaking twists and turns throughout.

With Abbott making the allusion herself several times, it's easy to see the Durant School and the lives the sisters lead at the ...

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