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The Comeback by Ella Berman
Contemporary fiction

The Comeback


We love supporting debut authors. Congrats, Ella Berman, on your first book!

by Ella Berman

Quick take

Think Hollywood is all glamour? In this redemptive read, a child actor reckons with the abuse their industry allows.

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At the height of her career and on the eve of her first Golden Globe nomination, teen star Grace Turner disappeared.

Now, tentatively sober and surprisingly numb, Grace is back in Los Angeles after her year of self-imposed exile. She knows the new private life she wants isn't going to be easy as she tries to be a better person and reconnect with the people she left behind.

But when Grace is asked to present a lifetime achievement award to director Able Yorke—the man who controlled her every move for eight years—she realizes that she can't run from the secret behind her spectacular crash and burn for much longer. And she's the only one with nothing left to lose.

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Why I love it

I’ve read to escape—to embark on joyous journeys that take me away from the realities of the everyday—since I was a little girl. But like many, in the darkest moments of the pandemic I’ve found myself struggling to get lost in books, my anxieties outweighing the power of the word.

That is, until I came across a copy of Ella Berman’s debut novel The Comeback. This beautifully written and compulsively readable book broke me from my pandemic book blockage! On the night I began the book—reading for the first time in weeks—I kept my iPad aglow, reading late into the night while my husband slept beside me. Thank you Ella! Thank you Grace! I wanted to yell.

In The Comeback, our protagonist Grace Turner is broken and living with her parent’s in Anaheim after escaping Los Angeles. When she fled without a word, seemingly overnight, she left behind fame, addiction, her loving and young husband, and the abuse she suffered for eight years at the hands of the manipulative director that made her a star. After realizing she can’t hide from her life, Grace returns to LA. Armed with a secret and nothing left to lose, she must decide if and how she will fight back.

Berman astonishingly began writing the novel before the #MeToo movement—and the novel takes advantage of the distance afforded by fiction to brilliantly continue the important conversation. With nuance, wit, and humor, Berman weaves a narrative that is light and exciting, even while addressing difficult topics. At its core, this book is about redemption, grace, and pain. It is the perfect summer read.

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Member ratings (2,833)

  • Patty M.

    Chicago , IL

    I love stories about Hollywood and celebrity culture, but this was much more than that. It’s a story of relationships, loneliness, and coming of age in Hollywood and in the era of #metoo. ⭐️⭐️⭐️⭐️

  • MaryBeth L.

    Ellington, CT

    I absolutely loved this one! Completely sucked me in, right from the first page and didn’t let go until I closed the book!! Highly recommend! I wouldn’t be surprised to see this as a nominee for BOTY.

  • Trisha B.

    Norman, OK

    Dark and current and engrossing. Picture any of your early 2000’s Disney Stars in the title role. Also just saw a disliked review from someone offended by a brief portrayal of a pro-life bigot, so LOL

  • Leah L.

    Columbia City, IN

    LOVE! An insightful look into a world that seems so different, but may be more similar than we realize. That even those who look like they have it all, may be just as broken as the rest. A MUST READ!

  • Natasha G.


    I can't say enough about this book. You'll root for Grace, laugh with her, and spew your frustrations, but won't give up on her. Read this, Berman will weave this narrative into your soul. I promise.