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I m a nice woman A good sister And a great mom I really shouldn t like Marie She steals jewelry, clothing, husbands and kids All while enjoying whiskey She really is bad However, thanks to Marcy Dermansky s skilled writing, I completely empathize with Marie She s real and raw and selfish and terribly vulnerable I am rooting for her to get it together while still wanting her to get away with baby Caitlin.This is only my second Dermansky book I love her writing and think she is pretty da I m a nice woman A good sister And a great mom I really shouldn t like Marie She steals jewelry, clothing, husbands and kids All while enjoying whiskey She really is bad However, thanks to Marcy Dermansky s skilled writing, I completely empathize with Marie She s real and raw and selfish and terribly vulnerable I am rooting for her to get it together while still wanting her to get away with baby Caitlin.This is only my second Dermansky book I love her writing and think she is pretty darn talented I mentioned her books to friends and they have been enjoying her stuff for years Selfish bitches could of given me a heads up, I love satire and dark humor.Anyway, I think the characters are rotten, but this book is delicious Enjoy Unique and enjoyable and surprising I never knew what was going to happen The characters act and react in ways so extreme that the novel somehow becomes an insightful critique of reality, like good satire, although in this case the protagonist is far too moving and sympathetic for this to be considered satire per se Marie is a character with absolutely zero forethought She acts without any sense of possible consequences She has no ambition other than to feel safe and loved She s an incredi Unique and enjoyable and surprising I never knew what was going to happen The characters act and react in ways so extreme that the novel somehow becomes an insightful critique of reality, like good satire, although in this case the protagonist is far too moving and sympathetic for this to be considered satire per se Marie is a character with absolutely zero forethought She acts without any sense of possible consequences She has no ambition other than to feel safe and loved She s an incredible mix of guileless and audacious in the choices she makes I loved spending time with her as she encounters the world and tries her best to survive in it #DOWNLOAD Û Bad Marie ⚤ 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 I LOVED this book Marie is, indeed, bad, as the inciting incident of the novel is her stealing her childhood friend s husband and two year old daughter and escaping to France But the narrative is so good that I wanted Marie to make it, and it was so fun to read about a female antihero who is simply living from moment to moment This is all over the place and it is delightful Dermansky says at the end that she wanted to write a book that read like a French noir film, and she definitely succ I LOVED this book Marie is, indeed, bad, as the inciting incident of the novel is her stealing her childhood friend s husband and two year old daughter and escaping to France But the narrative is so good that I wanted Marie to make it, and it was so fun to read about a female antihero who is simply living from moment to moment This is all over the place and it is delightful Dermansky says at the end that she wanted to write a book that read like a French noir film, and she definitely succeeded Bad Marie is a bad influence I say this because while reading Marcy Dermansky s second novel, Bad Marie, I was driven to do something that I, as a mother of a small, active child, never do any and that is stay up past 11PM reading, which should tell you something about how engrossing this novel is if even an exhausted mother will stay up late reading it.It is that good.So what about Marie Who is she She s a nanny She s an ex con She s a fuck up She s also got a big, twisted heart that Bad Marie is a bad influence I say this because while reading Marcy Dermansky s second novel, Bad Marie, I was driven to do something that I, as a mother of a small, active child, never do any and that is stay up past 11PM reading, which should tell you something about how engrossing this novel is if even an exhausted mother will stay up late reading it.It is that good.So what about Marie Who is she She s a nanny She s an ex con She s a fuck up She s also got a big, twisted heart that wants love and healing and happiness and yet all of the people she s ever loved have let her down basically, Marie makes bad choices about who to love Except for one And that one is the little kid she babysits for, Caitlin And in this relationship between caregiver and child is the crux of the story.Of course, being a two year old there is one crucial moment when Caitlin does disappoint Marie because she cannot possibly respond in an adult In that moment, Marie first decides to respond in her typical way, but finds she can t do it She has grown She has learned to put this child s needs above her own And that, my friends, is pretty close the love a parent feels.Okay, so Marie is still not technically doing the right thing in that she kidnapped Caitlin from first her mother and then her father, but her heart is eventually in the right place Ultimately, she does feel guilt and does want what s best for Caitlin she just lacks the skills to figure out how do the right thing.Here is a book that is both literary and plot driven, humorous and heartbreaking Here is a book that makes you feel for the protagonist despite the horrible things she does After all, she is still that hard luck kid whose friend s mother took pity Okay, she is a grown up and she s doing a horrible thing by keeping this child from her parents, but, in the end, her intentions are sort of good In the end, I believe she will bring Caitlin home.This is not to say I want to befriend Marie or have her watch my kid and sleep with my husband , but I do understand her a bitI do feel for her With that said, I was extremely anxious as I read the final 20 or so pages of this book and felt that I constantly needed to make sure that my kid was okay As such, I finished the book sitting on the couch next to him as he watched Cyberchase with his bare feet tucked up under my leg to keep them warm I did not want to let him out of my sight.All this is to say, it s a book that stirs up a lot of complex emotion and it s a brave book There are readers, I m sure, who will judge the book solely on the actions of the character If they did so, they would be missing out Bad Marie is a book you will not want to miss This reminded me of a Highsmith novel, only the anti hero s adventures aren t played for suspense in exactly the same way There aren t really many near misses with the authorities, though there are a few twists and turns But there s the same insane, off kilter moral equivocating stealing an old frienemy s husband and child are justifiable, but not stealing a stranger s stroller , the same delusional self confidence It takes real talent to walk that tightrope that stretches the span between This reminded me of a Highsmith novel, only the anti hero s adventures aren t played for suspense in exactly the same way There aren t really many near misses with the authorities, though there are a few twists and turns But there s the same insane, off kilter moral equivocating stealing an old frienemy s husband and child are justifiable, but not stealing a stranger s stroller , the same delusional self confidence It takes real talent to walk that tightrope that stretches the span between I can t believe this person and I hope she makes it and Dermansky pulls it off in style.I loved the repetition of certain phrases the French actress the contempt, the bitterness disguised as something else Marie was fascinating from page one to the end of the book, and the narrative style was a big reason why This is a great book to read on a long flight or a short vacation It s fun without sacrificing style, and it will keep you turning the pages I ll admit to being sort of a fanboy for the unlikeable character in fiction, but it s mystifying to me why this book has a 3.44 star rating It s about a sexy bad girl with big breasts who escapes to France with a louche writer and his daughter Who doesn t want to read that DAMN Literature with a capital L, and you know, it s idiotic of me, but I always forget that Literature with a capital L is frequently just as entertaining and readable as Literature with a capital Crap Why do I forget that How do I not remember that, even though I read Chelsea Cain and Christopher Moore and John Burdett, my FAVORITE books are by Cormac McCarthy and Updike and Walker Percy and Liz Jensen I don t know Blame Marie Everyone else does Marie is too much She is beautiful and gr DAMN Literature with a capital L, and you know, it s idiotic of me, but I always forget that Literature with a capital L is frequently just as entertaining and readable as Literature with a capital Crap Why do I forget that How do I not remember that, even though I read Chelsea Cain and Christopher Moore and John Burdett, my FAVORITE books are by Cormac McCarthy and Updike and Walker Percy and Liz Jensen I don t know Blame Marie Everyone else does Marie is too much She is beautiful and greedy, a thirty year old child in a tall, titsy body, moving through life at the whim of adults who treat her like some kind of badge When we meet her she s working as a nanny for her childhood friend Ellen, a super successful Manhattanite with a brownstone, a toddler, and a French novelist husband.Marie gets everything but the brownstone, of course.I don t want to give too much away, but Marie, despite being a homewrecker and a kidnapper, a thief and an adulteress, is not the worst character in this book and the badness of the others is breathtaking Short, picturesque, and mesmerizing Bad Marie good novel This deceptively simple book was a gripping read and I felt my chest clutch throughout, and whole body sigh at the novel s end Told in clear, concise prose, Dermansky s characterization of the novel s protagonist, Marie, is masterful Though a deeply flawed character, I cared a great deal about Marie and found myself hoping for her all the way, even while knowing her situation was impossible.That sense of the inevitable and the impossible at the end of the novel will stay with me for a long tim This deceptively simple book was a gripping read and I felt my chest clutch throughout, and whole body sigh at the novel s end Told in clear, concise prose, Dermansky s characterization of the novel s protagonist, Marie, is masterful Though a deeply flawed character, I cared a great deal about Marie and found myself hoping for her all the way, even while knowing her situation was impossible.That sense of the inevitable and the impossible at the end of the novel will stay with me for a long time I so, so wanted a different end for Marie It s a testimony to Dermansky s skill that she delivered the right ending to this novel, an ending that although inevitable was also surprising and affecting On finishing this novel, I felt the same pain I ve felt on losing a loved one that mad desire to turn back time, to bring back the dead I found Marie s quiet acceptance at the end of this novel instructive and healing So much about life is about putting up a good fight, it s also about accepting what we can t change.Thank you, Marcy Dermansky for this wonderful novel and memorable protagonist.4.5 stars For the second time in about as many weeks I ve come across a book with gushing blurbs from well respected authors that don t seem to fit the bookdeliciously evilworthy of Flaubert.a naughty pleasure, a philosophical romp, heady hedonismso very very badthese are just a sampling of unworthy praises on the front and back cover of the book Never mind the gushing words to be found in the three pages of blurbs insideBad Marie is a kind of dopey, hapless woman who does bad th For the second time in about as many weeks I ve come across a book with gushing blurbs from well respected authors that don t seem to fit the bookdeliciously evilworthy of Flaubert.a naughty pleasure, a philosophical romp, heady hedonismso very very badthese are just a sampling of unworthy praises on the front and back cover of the book Never mind the gushing words to be found in the three pages of blurbs insideBad Marie is a kind of dopey, hapless woman who does bad things because she has the awful luck to be in the wrong place at the wrong time Almost every bad she does gets explained away by some kind of circumstance that makes herof a schmuck than even slightly mischievous The book isn t awful, nor is it uninteresting it just isn t the book being advertised by the blurbs Since the book comes with no little synopsis to help give the reader an idea of what to expect one can only take the word of some respected authors like Antonya Nelson, Mary Robison, Fredrick Barthelme and Margot Livesey to get an idea of what the book is about There words and the cover picture of a pixie looking girls smoking Marie is 30 At 30 smoking is no longer cool, nor does it make one bad A little stupid and addicted but not bad , unless one accepts the definition of bad to be like Michael Jackson when he screeched about being bad , in which case she still isn t bad because I m fairly certain one must be able to dance to be bad like that, and I have no idea from the book if Marie can dance She can drink whisky and show her big boobs to a guy It is difficult for the reader to forget that Marie has big boobs I m surprised there aren t big boobs on the cover of the book, it s like a recurring thing in the book, how big Marie s boobs are.After reading the over written prose of Witz this book with it s almost Carver like cum Creative Writing Program prose read super fast Sort of like I d been warming up with a few of those bats with the donuts on them, and took a swing with a whiffle ball bat Or like a hot knife through butter or something fast and easy Insert your own joke here Which was nice It was satisfying to just read something with a story and not much of the extra baggage hanging from it I don t know Marcy Dermansky, but I have to imagine the novelist behind the ridiculously delicious joy ride Bad Marie spent a lot of time bent over a keyboard cackling as she pulled the wings off her title character.Fiction just got fun again, friends This is the kind of book you sprint through, only to realize everyone else is doing it wrong Writers are taking themselves not to mention their characters far too seriously.Lets start where Dermansky starts With a glass of whiskey and a ba I don t know Marcy Dermansky, but I have to imagine the novelist behind the ridiculously delicious joy ride Bad Marie spent a lot of time bent over a keyboard cackling as she pulled the wings off her title character.Fiction just got fun again, friends This is the kind of book you sprint through, only to realize everyone else is doing it wrong Writers are taking themselves not to mention their characters far too seriously.Lets start where Dermansky starts With a glass of whiskey and a bathtub, which she says in the novel s version of a director s cut is the image that inspired the book.Marie just got out prison after a six year stint for abetting a criminal She didn t actually hate her hard time, which included a monotonous job in laundry, three squares a day, and hours in her bunk re reading the novel Virginie at Sea, a one hit wonder by the French author Benoit Doniel Marie appeals to Ellen, a well to do friend from childhood with whom she has a very complicated give take take take relationship, and ends up nannying for her 2 year old daughter Caitlin But Ellen s husband, it turns out, is Benoit Doniel When the couple comes home and finds Marie drunk, passed out in the bathtub with their daughter and Benoit seems appropriately distracted by her big wet breasts Marie decides to give him the humpty hump treatment She commits to this extra hard the next day when Ellen takes her out to dinner to tell her she s fired.Her final days on the job are all very sexy and whirlwind Baguettes, Ellen s red kimono, and trips to Central Park Coffee from a bowl, Benoit murmuring in French lish Caitlin nonplussed by the image of her father and her nanny bumping faces Instead of spending a final day together wading in tear stained nudity, they pack up some organic string cheese and jet off for France together with Caitlin.The honeymoon period doesn t last a day.From here, Dermansky takes this hussy without a conscience and beats the shit out of her in a handful of new, surprising, and yes, improbably ways I d like nothing better than to sit in a room with four other people who have read this book and flush out why Marie emerges from this novellikable than when we started, despite the ever growing resume of bad behavior As far as I can tell, this novel has been under read Released in soft cover, reviewed by the likes of Elle, but not by major book media Quite a bit of blog chatter from women who preface their critiques with information about receiving a review copy of the book.I can t imagine the NYT Book Review could review this, then look at themselves in the mirror in the morning Pan it, and they are self righteous dicks Like it too hard, and they would risk being taken seriously in the future They would have to address the implausibility, and show concern about how a recently released convict had such speedy access to a passport They would suck the ample life out of the novel by thinking about it too hard, which is precisely what no one should do while reading it Which is fine Bad Marie makes for a fantastic cult classic Something passed along between friends and raved about in dark booths of Chinese Restaurants Our little secret