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- 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
- Word Wise: Enabled
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- Amazon Bestsellers Rank: #386,829 Paid in Kindle Store (See Top 100 Paid in Kindle Store)
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"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
"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
From the Back Cover
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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It seems Marcy Dermansky sharpened her writing skills even more so I just loved it.
Her style is unique and unlike anything else I've read. I just couldn't stop reading, eager to find out what will happen to Marie next. Originally it was supposed to be my vacation literature but I finished it before the vacation started.
I've never read a book like this before and recommend it to everyone. It's a quick read and left me fulfilled and challenged.
Both Marie and Lainey from When We Were Friends have damaged childhoods (the damage to Lainey was caused by a twisted childhood friendship, and here by Marie’s own mistakes and the consequences of those mistakes.) Both books have a wonderful sense of humor, but also pain behind it, which is a powerful combination.
I would say this book is almost as good, and that is saying a lot! Marie is highly likable, despite her obvious faults, although she’s never quite relatable which does make the story a bit harder to swallow. Marie’s character is also not quite as well developed as Lainey’s, but because this is not as much an emotionally-driven novel, I didn’t find that bothering me at all.
Overall, I’d say this book held my interest, and although parts had me shaking my head (there were a few too many coincidences that pulled me out of the book, and I was especially unsatisfied by the ending) I never lost that interest and was able to finish the book in under two days. Giving this book a solid 3.5 stars. (How I wish Amazon would allow this!)
Marie has served sex years in prison for harboring a fugitive, her lover who then offed himself in prison. Upon release, Marie shows up on the doorstep of an old frenemy, Ellen, who offers Marie a job as her nanny to two and a half year old Caitlin. Marie discovers Ellen is married to Benoit Doniel, the author of Virginie at Sea, a book that kept Marie sane while in prison.
Marie isn't the best nanny, she does like to drink on the job, though she adores Caitlin. After Ellen fires her, Marie seduces Benoit, they take Caitlin and run off to Paris. Now this doesn't really make Marie sound too good. But I, like many other reviewers, could not help but love her. Not an easy feat for an author to do with an ex-felon-husband-seducing-child-kidnapper. And also she steals and lies. But love her I did.
As Marie and Caitlin navigate Paris, we see how much Marie loves the little girl. It's very touching and her most redeeming quality.
I read this book late at night, then woke up first thing to finish. I only wish it had been longer. Not that it needed to be for the story but I just did not want it to end. I would love a follow up book about Marie.
Anyway, there is a reason people are RAVING about this book, a reason why I had to go back and add it to my Best of 2010 reads, posted before I read this book. Go read it NOW and find out why!!
my rating 5/5
Bad Marie is funny, moving and concise. You will either finish it in one sitting or be thinking about it a lot between periods of reading it.
Marie is the most interesting character I've read in a long while. Now I want to grab a copy of Twins, but since I need to go to bed now, I'll wait until tomorrow for fear I'll stay up another two hours!