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Awards

The Rooster 2011 Morning News Tournament of Books Nominee

Staff Pick

Wow — I loved this book! You know you are dealing with a great writer when you care about a character even though you don't like them.  Marie, the nanny, has more to say (both bad and good) about motherhood than most parents.  Self-absorbed and narcissistic, Marie takes her young charge on a trans-continental journey, without permission.  Delicious in her wickedness, you will fall in love with Marie, even though you hate her! 
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Synopses & Reviews

Publisher Comments:

Bad Marie is the story of Marie, tall, voluptuous, beautiful, thirty years old, and fresh from six years in prison for being an accessory to murder and armed robbery. The only job Marie can get on the outside is as a nanny for her childhood friend Ellen Kendall, an upwardly mobile Manhattan executive whose mother employed Marie's mother as a housekeeper. After Marie moves in with Ellen, Ellen's angelic baby Caitlin, and Ellen's husband, a very attractive French novelist named Benoit Doniel, things get complicated, and almost before she knows what she's doing, Marie has absconded to Paris with both Caitlin and Benoit Doniel. On the run and out of her depth, Marie will travel to distant shores and experience the highs and lows of foreign culture, lawless living, and motherhood as she figures out how to be an adult; how deeply she can love; and what it truly means to be "bad".

Review:

"Dermansky follows her lauded debut, Twins, with a trite tail about an ex-con's unlikely re-entry to the world. After serving six years for harboring a fugitive — her bank robber boyfriend — 30-year-old Marie is released and misses the decisionless ease of prison life. She finds work as a live-in nanny (nothing like a felon watching your pride and joy) for two-and-a-half-year-old Caitlin, the daughter of her childhood best friend, Ellen, with whom she has a rocky, competitive relationship. In a hard-to-believe coincidence, Ellen is married to the French author, Benoit Doniel, whose book Marie read repeatedly while in prison, and soon enough, Benoit and Marie kick off an affair and decide to run away to Paris together with Caitlin. But when Benoit's true colors are displayed before even landing in the City of Lights (thanks to another unbelievable coincidence), Marie finds herself taking on the role of a single mother in a strange land, though her travails never really impede on her relatively charmed streak. It's off-putting how heavily the plot relies on implausible twists, and Marie is too sketchily drawn to carry the full weight of the story. (July)" Publishers Weekly (Copyright Reed Business Information, Inc.)

Review:

"I didn't want to finish this book any time soon, didn't want to emerge from its dark and wondrous world. My God, what a writer — absolutely unpredictable, wild with intellect, spilling with charm and sadness and humanity. Marie, the main character here, is literary gold, worthy of Flaubert." Elle

Review:

"Marcy Dermansky's slim picaresque follows the misadventures of a nanny who absconds to Paris with her charge and the toddler's dashing father. Marie is the amoral engineer of multiple train wrecks, but in Dermansky's hands she's somehow irresistible." Tish Cohen, author of The Truth About Delilah Blue

Review:

"[Marie is] an antiheroine for our time...A page-turning melodrama told with chilled cosmopolitan irony, the moral puzzles at the heart of Bad Marie linger after the delicious meringue of the book has been consumed. Cool trick, Ms. Dermansky." Rick Telander, Chicago Sun Times

Review:

"Marcy Dermansky's Bad Marie is so very very bad that I enjoyed every word. A tour de force in mounting suspense as its witless narrator and the baby she's stolen careen from one all-too-probable disaster to the next. Delicious." Barb Johnson, author of More of This World or Maybe Another

Review:

"By positing a character who's indulged in all of the deadly sins, Dermansky challenges the reader to finally and forever denounce her character Marie. The fact that this reader can't is testament to the book's power and smarts. A naughty pleasure, a philosophical romp, heady hedonism: what could be better?" Slate

Review:

"[I]rresistible. In swift, vivid prose Marcy Dermansky has created a wonderful portrait of a woman who lives right at the edge of acceptable behaviour. I couldn't wait to see what Marie would do next, and I couldn't stop myself from cheering her on." Antonya Nelson, author of Nothing Right

Review:

"Marcy Dermansky's Bad Marie is all about the tricksy margins of human experience, stolen moments and the people who steal them." Alyson Noel, #1 New York Times bestselling author

Review:

"Marie, the protagonist of Marcy Dermansky's witty, disturbing new novel, is almost completely unlikable, and yet stands out as one of the more interesting characters in recent fiction....Before you know it, the book becomes a skillfully paced page-turner...weirdly hilarious...nothing if not captivating." Mary Robison

Review:

"Not enough women write novels like this one. Dermansky is funny and fearless. I like Marie so much because she seems to care so little whether I like her or not. That's a working definition of badass. Bad Marie is one." Creative Loafing

Review:

"[Bad Marie is] sinful in all the right ways, delicate, seditious, and deliciously evil." Frederick Barthelme

Review:

"A wickedly nihilistic and suspenseful tale of erotic mayhem....[E]dgy, speedy, stylish, unpredictable, funny, and heart-stopping." Booklist

Review:

"Marcy Dermansky makes it easy to love Marie, a husband-stealing, baby-snatching, underachieving ex-con...Fast-paced and unsentimental, Bad Marie blazes with life." Barb Johnson, author of More of This World or Maybe Another

Review:

"Bad Marie unfolds in precise, gripping measure. But as the story keeps taking a turn for the worse, ratcheting up the tension, it is buoyed by the lovely relationship at its heart." Mark Sarvas, author of Harry, Revised

About the Author

Marcy Dermansky is the author of the critically acclaimed novel Twins. A film critic for About.com and a MacDowell fellow, she lives in Astoria, New York, with her husband, writer JÜrgen Fauth, and their daughter, Nina.

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Teresa Borden, January 12, 2012 (view all comments by Teresa Borden)
Yes, she's bad, even very bad at times. But, it's hard to not root for Marie and her desire to take care of the child. Even at the end, I still want Marie to be okay (and the child also, of course.)
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Teresa Borden, April 4, 2011 (view all comments by Teresa Borden)
Though a vague part of me wanted to disapprove of Marie's lackadaisical attitude at first, more of me decided to cheer her on. She didn't disappoint my faith in her. Marie is one of the most amazing heroines in recent literary history. I love her. And I love her dedication to little Caitlin. Hurray for Marie and Caitlin!! May they forever play in the sea together.
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fettenberg, January 22, 2011 (view all comments by fettenberg)
A quantum leap in the development of M. Dermansky's literary style. I love how visual her writing is. The book works so well as if it were
a French movie.
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Product Details

ISBN:
9780061914713
Subtitle:
A Novel
Author:
Dermansky, Marcy
Author:
Szymanski, Lois K.
Publisher:
Harper Perennial
Subject:
Literary
Subject:
Women ex-convicts
Subject:
Psychological fiction
Subject:
Kidnapping
Subject:
General Juvenile Fiction
Subject:
Literature-A to Z
Edition Description:
Trade PB
Series:
P.S.
Publication Date:
20100622
Binding:
Paperback
Grade Level:
from 2 to 5
Language:
English
Pages:
240
Dimensions:
7.625 x 5.125 in 8.80 oz
Age Level:
from 7 to 10

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"Staff Pick" by ,

Wow — I loved this book! You know you are dealing with a great writer when you care about a character even though you don't like them.  Marie, the nanny, has more to say (both bad and good) about motherhood than most parents.  Self-absorbed and narcissistic, Marie takes her young charge on a trans-continental journey, without permission.  Delicious in her wickedness, you will fall in love with Marie, even though you hate her! 

"Publishers Weekly Review" by , "Dermansky follows her lauded debut, Twins, with a trite tail about an ex-con's unlikely re-entry to the world. After serving six years for harboring a fugitive — her bank robber boyfriend — 30-year-old Marie is released and misses the decisionless ease of prison life. She finds work as a live-in nanny (nothing like a felon watching your pride and joy) for two-and-a-half-year-old Caitlin, the daughter of her childhood best friend, Ellen, with whom she has a rocky, competitive relationship. In a hard-to-believe coincidence, Ellen is married to the French author, Benoit Doniel, whose book Marie read repeatedly while in prison, and soon enough, Benoit and Marie kick off an affair and decide to run away to Paris together with Caitlin. But when Benoit's true colors are displayed before even landing in the City of Lights (thanks to another unbelievable coincidence), Marie finds herself taking on the role of a single mother in a strange land, though her travails never really impede on her relatively charmed streak. It's off-putting how heavily the plot relies on implausible twists, and Marie is too sketchily drawn to carry the full weight of the story. (July)" Publishers Weekly (Copyright Reed Business Information, Inc.)
"Review" by , "I didn't want to finish this book any time soon, didn't want to emerge from its dark and wondrous world. My God, what a writer — absolutely unpredictable, wild with intellect, spilling with charm and sadness and humanity. Marie, the main character here, is literary gold, worthy of Flaubert."
"Review" by , "Marcy Dermansky's slim picaresque follows the misadventures of a nanny who absconds to Paris with her charge and the toddler's dashing father. Marie is the amoral engineer of multiple train wrecks, but in Dermansky's hands she's somehow irresistible."
"Review" by , "[Marie is] an antiheroine for our time...A page-turning melodrama told with chilled cosmopolitan irony, the moral puzzles at the heart of Bad Marie linger after the delicious meringue of the book has been consumed. Cool trick, Ms. Dermansky."
"Review" by , "Marcy Dermansky's Bad Marie is so very very bad that I enjoyed every word. A tour de force in mounting suspense as its witless narrator and the baby she's stolen careen from one all-too-probable disaster to the next. Delicious."
"Review" by , "By positing a character who's indulged in all of the deadly sins, Dermansky challenges the reader to finally and forever denounce her character Marie. The fact that this reader can't is testament to the book's power and smarts. A naughty pleasure, a philosophical romp, heady hedonism: what could be better?"
"Review" by , "[I]rresistible. In swift, vivid prose Marcy Dermansky has created a wonderful portrait of a woman who lives right at the edge of acceptable behaviour. I couldn't wait to see what Marie would do next, and I couldn't stop myself from cheering her on."
"Review" by , "Marcy Dermansky's Bad Marie is all about the tricksy margins of human experience, stolen moments and the people who steal them."
"Review" by , "Marie, the protagonist of Marcy Dermansky's witty, disturbing new novel, is almost completely unlikable, and yet stands out as one of the more interesting characters in recent fiction....Before you know it, the book becomes a skillfully paced page-turner...weirdly hilarious...nothing if not captivating."
"Review" by , "Not enough women write novels like this one. Dermansky is funny and fearless. I like Marie so much because she seems to care so little whether I like her or not. That's a working definition of badass. Bad Marie is one."
"Review" by , "[Bad Marie is] sinful in all the right ways, delicate, seditious, and deliciously evil."
"Review" by , "A wickedly nihilistic and suspenseful tale of erotic mayhem....[E]dgy, speedy, stylish, unpredictable, funny, and heart-stopping."
"Review" by , "Marcy Dermansky makes it easy to love Marie, a husband-stealing, baby-snatching, underachieving ex-con...Fast-paced and unsentimental, Bad Marie blazes with life."
"Review" by , "Bad Marie unfolds in precise, gripping measure. But as the story keeps taking a turn for the worse, ratcheting up the tension, it is buoyed by the lovely relationship at its heart."
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