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!Free Ebook ☨ 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 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. 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 novel likable 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. 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 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 bit I 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 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 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. It was intriguing to be inside the head of Marie I ve never come across a character like her I would guess she is a sociopath, consumed with only herself and her immediate desires She will take you on an unexpected journey and you will not be able to put the book down Can t wait to read Marcy Dermansky s other novel, The Twins 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 her of 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 found this book through a discussion of unlikeable characters at The Millions, which is one of those random literary happenstance events that have been occurring quite a bit for me these days Anyway, the point of the discussion was that oftentimes many readers will gauge their appreciation of a book on how much they liked the main character or even worse, how much they could relate to the main character The author held up Bad Marie as an example of a book with a rotten main character that you can t help but cheer for anyway.I didn t exactly cheer for Marie Rather, I found myself feeling sorry for her She may have been thirty and she may have been an ex convict, but she was also staggeringly naive, in a way that would have been acceptable for a teenager but just seemed sad in a full grown woman She made terrible choice after terrible choice, with almost no regard for the way it affected those around her I won t go so far as to say she s bad but she s definitely deficient in all of the ways that count I think she maybe recognized that deep down inside, because she kept repeating that she had no regrets like a mantra, as if she said it enough times it would eventually become true But how can you have no regrets when every choice you make and continue to make limits your future Part of what made the book so compelling for me as I read this book in one afternoon, while sitting in a sunroom during a rainstorm was Dermansky s writing Dermansky said she wanted to write a novel that was like a noirish French film, and I think she succeeded, as the book was gritty and stylish at the same time But what I liked liked may be the wrong word for this was that Dermansky, by choosing to write a character who was so bad, created someone who was entirely believable Maybe it s just my own life experiences, but I have seen any number of people who, when faced with a decision, will invariably choose the path that gives them what they want right now, no matter the consequences down the road Shoot, I see it every time I open my work email and find myself confronted with news releases detailing the drug fueled abuses, financial scams, passionate assaults and cold blooded murders committed by my fellow humans In fact, most of us can point to times in our lives when we have made decisions that were entirely about what we wanted at that moment in time, consequences be damned I know that I am sometimes guilty of wanting my main characters to be likable and heroic, and I appreciate it when a writer reminds me that human nature is way complex than that But if you have a problem with characters who practically revel in amorality, then you might want to avoid this book.