Review: Bad Marie
Publisher: Harper Perennial
Source: From Publicist
From the goodreads:
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 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.
If you told me that I would end up sympathizing with a thief, a kidnapper, a home-wrecker, and on top of all of that, an ex-con, I would have told you that you’re crazy. And yet, Dermansky was able to do just that with Marie in Bad Marie.
Without any ambitions, Marie decides to work for a frenemy soon after being released from prison. It was the perfect job for her because her life working for Ellen was similar to her life in prison. She didn’t have to worry about anything because every day was monotonous with the same thing occurring daily.
After traveling to Paris, Marie continues to live a haphazard lifestyle while making rash decisions and not thinking them through. She doesn’t think about the consequences of her decisions and how they affect the people around her as well as herself. She lived for the moment and took it one day at a time. Her goal was to just make it through the day and all the problems that piled up will be worries for tomorrow.
The readers are in for a treat as they follow her on her journey towards discovering what she wants and needs out of life. As the relationship between her and Caitlin transform from being mere equals and friends to boss and subordinate and perhaps mother and daughter, Marie realizes the difficulties of motherhood and being an adult.
Overall, Bad Marie was an extremely enjoyable book with a fascinating lead character that is able to draw your sympathies despite her many faults. Marie has all of the groundwork for being a character you hate, but Dermansky was able to portray her in such a way that I found her truly compelling and I was invested in her story and how she was going to seek redemption and recover from her sins.