Bad Marie A Novel - P.S. Author:Marcy Dermansky "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 h... more »ousekeeper. 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 baby and husband. 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.« less
This novel could just as easily been called Things Fall Apart (I always think it's a shame that title's already been taken) or "Marie F***s Up." Marie isn't really bad, or she doesn't mean to be, but she certainly makes bad decisions. Six years ago, she made a bad decision that landed her in prison. Finally out of prison and employed as her childhood friend's nanny, she makes a chain of bad decisions (none of them her fault from Marie's POV) that form the plot of this novel. It was a quick, fun read -- a train wreck from which I couldn't look away.