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Title:
Saving Grace
Author:
Green, Jane, 1968- , author.
Edition:
First Edition.
Publication Information:
New York : St. Martin's Press, 2015.
Physical Description:
346 pages ; 25 cm
Summary:
"Grace and Ted Chapman. Literary power couple. Ted is considered "the thinking man's John Grisham" and Grace, his wife of twenty years is beautiful, stylish, carefree. All of this is on the surface. Beneath, what no one sees, is Ted's rages. His mood swings. And the precarious house of cards that their lifestyle is built upon. When Ted's longtime assistant and mainstay leaves, the house of cards begins to crumble and Grace, with dark secrets in her past, is most vulnerable. To the rescue comes Beth, a new assistant. Someone who will help handle Ted. Someone who has the calm efficiency to weather the storms that threaten to engulf their household. Soon, though, it's clear to Grace that Beth might be too good to be true. And that this new interloper might be the biggest threat of all, one that could cost Grace her marriage, her reputation, and even her sanity. "--
Language:
English
ISBN:
9781250047335
Format :
Book

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Summary

Summary

Grace and Ted Chapman are widely regarded as the perfect literary power couple. Ted is a successful novelist and Grace, his wife of twenty years, is beautiful, stylish, carefree, and a wonderful homemaker. But what no one sees, what is churning under the surface, is Ted's rages. His mood swings. And the precarious house of cards that their lifestyle is built upon. When Ted's longtime assistant and mainstay leaves, the house of cards begins to crumble and Grace, with dark secrets in her past,is most vulnerable. She finds herself in need of help but with no one to turn to...until the perfect new assistant shows up out of the blue. To the rescue comes Beth, a competent young woman who can handle Ted and has the calm efficiency to weather the storms that threaten to engulf the Chapman household. Soon, though, it's clear to Grace that Beth might be too good to be true. This new interloper might be the biggest threat of all, one that could cost Grace her marriage, her reputation, and even her sanity. With everything at stake and no one to confide in, Grace must find a way to save herself before it is too late.

Powerful and riveting, Jane Green's Saving Grace will have you on the edge of your seat as you follow Grace on her harrowing journey to rock bottom and back.


Author Notes

"Jane Green" is the pen name for author Jane Green Warburg. She was born in 1968 in London, England. While in her twenties, she worked as a journalist for various national newspapers and magazines in London. At the age of 27, she wrote her first novel Straight Talking, which became a New York Times bestseller. Her books helped launch the phenomenon known as "chick lit", and gave her the nickname of "the queen of chick lit". Her novels include The Patchwork Marriage, Another Piece of My Heart, Promises to Keep, Dune Roard, The Beach House, Family Pictures, Tempting Fate, Summer Secrets. and Jenima J.

Green's title, Falling, made the New York Times Bestseller list in 2016.

(Bowker Author Biography)


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Booklist Review

As the wife of renowned novelist Ted Chapman, Grace seems to have the perfect life. Her husband dotes on her publicly, and now that their beloved daughter is grown up, Grace fills her days with cooking and charity work. But beneath the veneer, Ted is demanding and critical, and his mood swings leave Grace cringing. Grace thinks she has found the solution when she meets Beth, a frumpy, eager young woman, at a party and promptly hires her to be Ted's new assistant. At first Beth is a godsend: she cleans up around the house, helps plan a charity function, and keeps Ted in check as he works on his new novel. But slowly Grace starts to grow uncomfortable with Beth, suspecting her of stealing her favorite scarf, sabotaging the charity function, and even changing her appearance to look more like Grace. As Grace's suspicions about Beth grow, Ted starts to question Grace's mental health. Green tackles serious issues such as emotional abuse and overprescribing of drugs while still managing to keep the pages turning at a rapid rate.HIGH-DEMAND BACKSTORY: Bestselling Green's latest, jumped started with a hefty print run, will be actively promoted on all platforms.--Huntley, Kristine Copyright 2014 Booklist


Publisher's Weekly Review

Green (Tempting Fate) woos readers with her latest offering, a memorable novel probing the flimsy façade of one woman's seemingly perfect life. Grace and Ted Chapman have an idyllic life: he is a well-known author, and she is his adoring wife. When their assistant, Ellen, leaves her job, Grace is desperate to find someone who can take Ellen's place and can adjust to Ted's ever-changing moods. Grace hires Beth, who proves to be an excellent employee, anticipating Ted's needs and assisting Grace as well. But there are oddities in Beth's behavior that Grace can't explain. And when Grace begins to see a psychiatrist who prescribes a host of potent medications, she hardly recognizes herself anymore, either emotionally or physically. As Grace's life threatens to completely spiral out of control, she must take stock of what is most important to her and discover how to find true happiness. Green has imbued her story with realistic, imperfect characters. The lure of the novel lies in Green's ability to create a consistenly evolving story that entices from the very first page. First printing: 125,000 copies. Agent: Jennifer Rudolph Walsh, WME Entertainment. (Dec.) © Copyright PWxyz, LLC. All rights reserved.


Library Journal Review

Grace Chapman knows better than most how a perfect-looking life can be anything but. Married to the temperamental author Ted Chapman, she is adept at appearing serene at public events and avoiding his rages as much as possible, owing in part to the efforts of his competent assistant. When that assistant leaves, Grace truly wonders how they'll cope. Enter Beth; she seems like the perfect aide and blossoms in the role while Grace withers. When Grace's life begins to come apart, she wonders if Beth is pulling the strings. One explosive night, Ted takes sides and Grace must decide if her mental health, her marriage, and her happiness are worth fighting for, and, if so, how. Fans of Green (Tempting Fate; Family Pictures) get everything they have come to expect and love in this psychological domestic drama: it's fast paced and emotionally satisfying if a little rushed and downbeat in the conclusion. The addition of recipes at the end of chapters in which they're mentioned (cooking is one of Grace's great pleasures) is a little disjointed but will be appreciated by any reader motivated to try one based on Green's affectionate descriptions. VERDICT Recommended for fans of women's fiction along the lines of domestic drama. [See Prepub Alert, 9/8/14.] Amy Brozio-Andrews, Albany P.L., NY (c) Copyright 2014. Library Journals LLC, a wholly owned subsidiary of Media Source, Inc. No redistribution permitted.


Excerpts

Excerpts

Chapter 1There are only so many hours Grace can stay away from home.Her husband's car is still in the driveway when she pulls in, her heart sinking at the sight. As if she should be surprised.Where did she think he'd be going at six o'clock in the evening? It was the triumph of hope over experience, she thought to herself.Luck is not on her side today. It wasn't on her side this morning when she woke up to hear a door slamming downstairs and her husband bellowing her name, and it isn't on her side now.Although perhaps it is, she thinks, gingerly pulling up alongside his car and steeling herself for whatever might meet her inside. Perhaps his mood will have changed. Perhaps he will be the loving attentive husband the rest of the world sees, as long as they don't get too close.After almost twenty-five years of marriage the only thing that Grace is ever able to predict is the unpredictability of her husband's moods. He can throw his keys at the wall in a rage, then reappear twenty minutes later with a sunny smile, as if nothing had happened, as if Grace hadn't spent the prior twenty minutes quaking with nerves.He can throw his keys at the wall, followed by a vase, followed by rageful venting that this, what ever this might be, is all Grace's fault. That Grace has somehow screwed up.This morning, Grace heard the doors slamming downstairs, before she had even opened her eyes. She was woken up by the noise, sat bolt upright, heart pounding, realizing that Ted was in one of his moods. Terror flooded her body for a second. Sometimes, when this happens at night, she locks herself in the bathroom and runs a bubble bath, flooding out his anger with the water from the faucet. She has learned that if she removes herself, he will frequently take his rage elsewhere, distance allowing it to simmer before disappearing. But if Grace is there, if he sees her, she becomes an unwilling victim of a predator who will not leave her alone until he is sure she is completely destroyed.He doesn't mean it, she thinks, when he is back to being kind, loving, appreciative. He has terrible mood swings, which is part of what makes him a creative genius. I should be grateful, she tells herself. If Ted weren't allowed to be this kind of person, he wouldn't be able to write the books he does, wouldn't be the success he is.I mustn't take it personally, she tells herself all the time, even as she feels her ears ringing with stress.Her ears were ringing this morning, in bed, as she heard him downstairs. They always ring when she is frightened. She read somewhere this is a symptom of anxiety, and one she has had as far back as she can remember. She has a theory that it helps drown out the noise of whoever is raging at her--her mother, her husband--but isn't sure that's why it happens.This morning, moving quickly, she pulled on yesterday's jeans, a clean T-shirt and vest, and slipped down the back stairs, carrying her clogs in her hand so as not to make a sound before softly walking out the back door.Ted heard her car start, as she knew he would, and she wound her window down as he came tearing out of the house."Sorry!" she called as she reversed, pretending she hadn't noticed his face contorted with rage. "Early start. I'm hugely late. See you later!" She waved a cheery hand out the window and zipped up the driveway, her body flooding with relief.Her cell phone buzzed. She turned her head, the ringing in her ears starting back up, an automatic response to her husband's name flashing on her screen. She wouldn't answer, never answered when he was in this kind of mood, but nor would she divert, for then he would know she was diverting him, which would infuriate him still further.She pressed the top button to turn off the volume, waited until the call went to voicemail, then turned the entire phone off, knowing she wouldn't turn it back on until Ted was back to normal.Please let things be back to normal now, she thinks, hoisting the grocery bags into the house and onto the kitchen table. She has been out all day. First to work, then filling the rest of her afternoon with errands to keep her out of the eye of the storm.The house is quiet. Ted must still be in the barn, which is a good thing, as it means he is writing. Work helps him to focus his mind elsewhere, and hopefully, please God , enable him to gather his equilibrium.Grace puts the tomatoes in a bowl on the counter, the milk in the fridge, sliding the kettle onto the range to make tea. She once loved this house so much, this rambling antique on the banks of the Hudson River. That very first time they saw it, she knew she had found a place to call home.Sprawling, peaceful, filled with nooks, crannies, and charm, the house has low ceilings and French doors that open onto lawns that lead gracefully down to the water.She loved this house, before Ted's moods had the ability to discombobulate her in the way they now do. Back in the early days, Grace would laugh at him, would wander off, letting his insults roll off her back, happy to play with their daughter and wait for things to pass.But the years have taken their toll, his rages lasting longer, gradually grinding her into the woman she is now--the same Grace she has always been, with a ringing in her ears, a quickening of her heart, an overwhelming urge to run far, far away.She used to fight back. She doesn't anymore. She withdraws into a well of pain and resentment, removing herself as she did today, or hiding in her bathroom, the one room that feels safe.Now, so often, the rest of the house she loved feels like a prison.She jumps as she sees the barn door open, Ted emerging, his glasses in his hand as he runs his fingers through his hair. She squints through the window, reading his face, his mood, bracing herself not for fight or flight, for neither is an option right now, but for the third option: freeze.Ted sees her through the window, his expression changing, as Grace holds her breath, to a smile. Relief floods her body as he waves a jaunty hand, slowly making his way up the path. She is close to tears as she raises a tentative hand back at him. Thank God! she thinks. Thank you, God! She goes to the fridge to pour him a glass of wine, the ringing fading in her ears, wondering how on earth life ever got so hard. Excerpted from Saving Grace by Jane Green All rights reserved by the original copyright owners. Excerpts are provided for display purposes only and may not be reproduced, reprinted or distributed without the written permission of the publisher.