(PDF Kindle ePUB) Very Nice by Marcy Dermansky

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Rachel Klein never meant to kiss her creative writing professor Zahid Azzam never planned to become a houseguest in his student's sprawling Connecticut home but he does Be. This is a vicious little novel smart efficient mean full of terrible people behaving terribly incisive observations about a certain class of people pretending they had no hand in the state of the world Writers don t come off too well either Absolutely delightful

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Very Nice

Cca Klein never thought she'd have a love affair so soon after her divorce but when her daughter's professor walks into her home she does and the affair isa very bad idea. While this is certainly a smart book it is probably not the deepest novel ever written still it is great fun and sometimes intelligent fun is than enough to warrant 4 stars Dermansky plays with the discrepancies between self image and the perception of others when she tells the story of a love triangle between a naive young college student her mother and her creative writing professor Told in a linear fashion but from constantly shifting perspectives we learn about the thoughts motivations convenient self deceptions and scheming of the protagonists and we meet and look through the eyes of their social circles At the sidelines the author also reflects and freuently mocks current phenomena and themes from gun laws to corporate culture and it is often hilarious and surprisingly bold Rachel has a crush on Zahid her 36 year old Pakistani professor sleeps with him and agrees to be his dogsitter while he is travelling in exchange for a good grade As it s semester break she takes Princess the poodle along to her mother in Connecticut in order to cheer her up Becca has just been dumped by Rachel s dad for a younger woman and her own poodle has died Of course it doesn t take long before Zahid who is struggling to finish his new novel and to find a new job shows up on the doorstep intrigued by the beautiful house with a pool and a fridge that s always full All three of them have their own agendas and their own side stories and Dermansky does a great job intertwining her narrative threads it might not always be all too plausible but it s always entertaining But this author is at her best when she renders her characters arguing with themselves their inner monologue reflecting how they try to frame the narrative that is their own life Rachel tries to convince herself of a certain idea of Zahid Zahid is trying to convince himself of a certain self image and Becca is trying to find her new role as a single woman or isn t she And then there is a whole cast of minor characters all of them with distinctive roles and attitudes all of them deeply flawed and very human a wonderful gang of people to hold up the novel and propel the story forward I listened to the audiobook and I put it on every minute I could because this story is truly addictive not related to content but hey That cover is also great I definitely need to read Dermansky

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This novel zigzags between the rarified circles of Manhattan investment banking the achingly self serious MFA programs of the Midwest and the private bedrooms of Connectic. I know I probably shouldn t be saying this too loud but I have never read a Marcy Dermansky book before I have read reviews of her work Some of my most keen and thoughtful Goodreads friends have described her previous work as witty defiant buoyant and electric So when I saw this on offer I knew I just had to read it Indeed Very Nice reads like a guilty pleasure that you can devour in one sitting The plot seems simple a lauded author sleeps with one of his students then falls in love with her mother But that s the magic of Dermansky Everything is not what it seems All of her characters are flawed uite unlikable in fact Their lives are painted with a veneer of accomplishment and success but there is so much simmering below the surface Dermansky s prose is constructed with simple short sentences that intricately connect her characters In subtle fashion she deftly weaves politics sexuality gun violence misogyny and racism into a clever and entertaining tale


10 thoughts on “Very Nice

  1. says:

    This is a vicious little novel smart efficient mean full of terrible people behaving terribly incisive observations about a certain class of people pretending they had no hand in the state of the world Writers don't come off too we

  2. says:

    35 starsThis droll novel brings to mind the game 'Six Degrees of Separation' based on the theory that any person on the planet can be connected to any other person on the planet through a chain of acuaintances tha

  3. says:

    Update This is a darn fun reading book Its a 199 special today good deal Turkey avocado sandwiches for lunchNaughty summertime sexcapdes in the swimming poola male novelistwriting Professor behaving badlywealthy suburban life in Conne

  4. says:

    Cringe inducing Every single character is horrendously selfish not a single one of them worth rooting for The story ? is non existent since it's basically just an exploration of people's myopic self centeredness and don't even get me started o

  5. says:

    I liked the dog That's about it There was no redeeming ualities to any of the characters presented The liberal overtones were complete

  6. says:

    While this is certainly a smart book it is probably not the deepest novel ever written still it is great fun and sometimes intelligent fun is than enough to warrant 4 stars Dermansky plays with the discrepancies between self image and the perception of others when she tells the story of a love triangle between a naive young college student

  7. says:

    Call something a literary soap opera and I can't read it fast enough Here is one about sex writing race and politics The lines Dermansky walks are fine and she navigates them expertly with humor and razor sharp insight This

  8. says:

    I know I probably shouldn't be saying this too loud but I have never read a Marcy Dermansky book before I have read revie

  9. says:

    Very Nice is very funny some moments and very dark in others and always very surprising Marcy Dermansky has a fantastic sense of humor and irony but beneath this tale of mothers and daughters and the literary sensation they sleep with is a penetrating examination of the world in which are living

  10. says:

    I think of Bad Marie by Marcy Dermansky as a near perfect book and the only reason I didn't write a perfect book is because it's perfect than perfect like all the most perfect of things it has a fatal flaw or two to keep it interestingAnd then came The Red Car which was almost almost as near perfect as Bad MarieSo it cou

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