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The Turnout

(2021)
A novel by

 
 
An Instant New York Times Bestseller 
 
A TODAY Show #ReadWithJenna Book Club Pick
 
New York Times bestselling and award-winning author Megan Abbott's exquisite and disquieting new novel, “dark and juicy and tinged with horror” (The New York Times Books Review), set against the hothouse of a family-run ballet studio.


With their long necks and matching buns and pink tights, Dara and Marie Durant have been dancers since they can remember. Growing up, they were homeschooled and trained by their glamorous mother, founder of the Durant School of Dance. After their parents' death in a tragic accident nearly a dozen years ago, the sisters began running the school together, along with Charlie, Dara's husband and once their mother's prized student.
 
Marie, warm and soft, teaches the younger students; Dara, with her precision, trains the older ones; and Charlie, sidelined from dancing after years of injuries, rules over the back office. Circling around one another, 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 sisters' delicate balance.

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.

Genre: Mystery

Praise for this book

"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

"There is not a writer alive who is better at investigating the tension and threat of violence at the centre 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

"Abbott creates a dark and mesmerising world and, as always, is so brilliant at portraying women and girls and their competition and complexities ... It makes Black Swan look like a children's story." - Harriet Tyce


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August 2021 : UK Hardback
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Title: The Turnout: 'A book you will not be able to forget' (Mark Billingham)
Author(s): Megan Abbott
ISBN: 0-349-01247-4 / 978-0-349-01247-6 (UK edition)
Publisher: Virago
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August 2021 : USA Hardback
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Title: The Turnout
Author(s): Megan Abbott
ISBN: 0-593-08490-X / 978-0-593-08490-8 (USA edition)
Publisher: G.P. Putnam's Sons
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June 2022 : UK Paperback
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Title: The Turnout: 'A book you will not be able to forget' (Mark Billingham)
Author(s): Megan Abbott
ISBN: 0-349-01246-6 / 978-0-349-01246-9 (UK edition)
Publisher: Virago
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January 1900 : USA Paperback
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Title: The Turnout (Random House Large Print)
Author(s): Megan Abbott
ISBN: 0-593-41434-9 / 978-0-593-41434-7 (USA edition)
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August 2021 : UK Paperback
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Title: The Turnout: 'A book you will not be able to forget' (Mark Billingham)
Author(s): Megan Abbott
ISBN: 0-349-01248-2 / 978-0-349-01248-3 (UK edition)
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August 2021 : USA Audio CD
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Title: The Turnout
Author(s): Megan Abbott
ISBN: 0-593-40942-6 / 978-0-593-40942-8 (USA edition)
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August 2021 : USA Audio edition
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Title: The Turnout
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Title: The Turnout
Author(s): Megan Abbott
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August 2021 : Canada Audio edition
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Title: The Turnout
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August 2021 : USA, Canada Kindle edition
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Title: The Turnout
Author(s): Megan Abbott
Publisher: G.P. Putnam's Sons
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August 2021 : Australia, UK Kindle edition
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Title: The Turnout: 'A book you will not be able to forget' (Mark Billingham)
Author(s): Megan Abbott
Publisher: Virago
Availability: Amazon UK   Amazon AU