The Red Car

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Liveright Publishing Corporation
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5.7 X 0.9 X 8.4 inches | 0.65 pounds
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About the Author
Marcy Dermansky is the author of the novels The Red Car, Bad Marie, and Twins. Her writing has appeared in McSweeney's, Salon, the Indiana Review, and elsewhere. She lives in New Jersey with her daughter.
In vivid, dreamlike prose. . . . Dermansky delivers a captivating novel about the pursuit of joy that combines dreamlike logic with dark humor, wry observation, and gritty feminism.
Sleek and polished . . . . Dermansky's short, punchy chapters keep the tightly written novel moving smoothly along, and flashbacks to her past add depth without slowing momentum.
Dry, entertaining and crookedly insightful. . . . [The Red Car] is on one level, a fairy tale complete with fairy godmother, and on another, a whispered goad to the reader: Live the life you really want.--Marion Winik
A dry, delightful fairy tale for grown-ups.
A swift and magical read . . . . Spare, funny and deftly observant of what happens when our repressed emotions reach a violent precipice.--Maddie Crum
Pitch-perfect novel...Sprinkled with dark humor and many literary references, Dermansky's novel is ultimately one of compassion, optimism, and fierce feminism, in which an unmoored young woman enmeshed in bad relationships with men resets her life path.
Dermansky's writing is taut and smart. And it's a thrill to cheer on Leah, that admirable badass, wherever the red car takes her next.--Amy Brady
[Dermansky's] latest explores the many unwise decisions of her heroine, offering no solutions but encouraging us to hope that things will get better. Readers won't be able to put this one down.--Andrea Kempf
The Red Car is melancholy and introspective, but sharply witty and transgressive too, and it's full of the intrepid gestures I so love in fiction, both by the characters and the writing itself. There's a particular intellectual and emotional gratification to be found in this smart novel that so wonderfully blurs boundaries of reality, of past and present, of time and space. The Red Car is a remarkable book.--Natalie Bakopoulos