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"[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."--Newsday

"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."--Esquire

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

"Deliciously wicked."--Slate

"BAD MARIE is impossible to turn away from. It is as empathic as it is disturbing, as delicate as it is savage. Sly, honest, and extraordinary, this gem of a book should come with a warning: you'll have to remind yourself to breathe."--Tish Cohen, author of The Truth About Delilah Blue

"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."--Time magazine

"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."--Creative Loafing

"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?"--Antonya Nelson, author of Nothing Right

"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."--Mary Robison

"Dermansky does proud the long, often sketchy, sometimes illustrious tradition of transgressive fiction with BAD MARIE . . . Her Marie is no cry-baby Anna Karenina fated to a star-crossed love for which she pays with her life."--Elle

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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".


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  • Format: Kindle Edition
  • File Size: 439 KB
  • Print Length: 240 pages
  • Publisher: HarperCollins e-books; 1 edition (10 June 2010)
  • Sold by: HarperCollins Publishers (AU)
  • Language: English
  • ASIN: B003QP4BI8
  • Text-to-Speech: Enabled
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  • Screen Reader: Supported
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  • Amazon Bestsellers Rank: #386,829 Paid in Kindle Store (See Top 100 Paid in Kindle Store)

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Martin L.
5.0 out of 5 stars another packing novel from Marcy Dermansky
Reviewed in Canada on 1 December 2010
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Emiham
1.0 out of 5 stars don't waste your time
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Courtney
5.0 out of 5 stars I loved Bad Marie !
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5.0 out of 5 stars Marcy Dermansky is a jarring yet haunting author and Bad Marie is proof that she's a master of the ...
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3.0 out of 5 stars Enjoyable, if implausible
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4.0 out of 5 stars Change of pace with an anti heroine.
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Ben M.
5.0 out of 5 stars Unlike Anything I've Read (in a good way)
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5.0 out of 5 stars Bad Marie is Good!
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Roger W. Wright
5.0 out of 5 stars What a great book--this is a great writer
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Wendy
5.0 out of 5 stars So bad, she's good
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Sarah Weaver
5.0 out of 5 stars Fascinating
Reviewed in the United States on 8 August 2011
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S. C. Schwartz
4.0 out of 5 stars Very Engaging
Reviewed in the United States on 19 December 2012
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A Armstrong
4.0 out of 5 stars Engrossing..... it's possible to love bad girls as much as bad boys it seems!
Reviewed in the United States on 27 September 2010
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J. James
3.0 out of 5 stars Not what I expected
Reviewed in the United States on 2 October 2010
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