A Barnes & Noble Discover Great New Writers Pick
An Esquire Best Book of the Year
A Powell’s Writer to Watch
“Dermansky does proud the long, often sketchy, sometimes illustrious tradition of transgressive fiction.”
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”.
Marcy Dermansky is the author of the widely acclaimed novels Bad Marie and Twins. Marcy’s short fiction has been published in numerous literal journals and anthologies, including Salon.com, McSweeney’s, Indiana Review, and The Mississippi Review. A former MacDowell fellow, Marcy is the winner of the Smallmouth Press Andre Dubus Novella Award and Story Magazine’s Carson McCullers short story prize. Her stories have been anthologized in Forgotten Borough: Writers Come to Terms with Queens and Love Stories: A Literary Companion to Tennis. Her essay “Maybe, I Loved You” appears in the anthology Goodbye To All That: Writers on Loving and Leaving New York.