On Sunday, September 15th, fiction author Marcy Dermansky will discuss her new novel, Very Nice, and will be in conversation with writer and fellow Montclair resident Kate Tuttle in the next Open Book/ Open Mind event.
Marcy Dermansky is the author of the critically acclaimed novels The Red Car, Bad Marie, and Twins. Her short fiction has been widely published and anthologized, appearing in McSweeney’s, Guernica, the Indiana Review, and Lenny Letter. Her essay “Maybe I Loved You” appeared in the best-selling anthology Goodbye to All That: Writers on Loving and Leaving New York.
Kate Tuttle is a former president of the National Book Critics Circle. Kate writes on books for the Boston Globe. Her reviews, interviews, and essays have also appeared in The Los Angeles Times, The New York Times, The Washington Post, and National Public Radio.
Watchung Booksellers will have copies of Marcy’s’ books on hand for purchase and signing. This event is free thanks to grants from our Series Sponsors The Investors Foundation and The Montclair Foundation. Registration is suggested to ensure a seat.
Praise for Very Nice
“Very Nice seems like a madcap soap opera perfect for a summer read. Dermansky is too sly to write a vapid novel, and while Very Nice may go down like a gin and tonic on a hot summer day, there’s a subtle wit at work as perspectives shift while narrators vie for different roles in this ensemble drama, touching on ambition, money, and race, with a foxy ending.” –The National Book Review
“Five narrators play a game of narrative hot potato with a tale of summer sexcapades … A hell of a lot of stylish fun” – Kirkus
“A story of sex and intrigue set amid rich people in a beautiful house with a picturesque swimming pool… Very funny.” -Rumaan Alam, The Washington Post
… In short, nasty chapters, Dermansky (The Red Car) stacks this house of cards with cool, bitingly clever prose. And when it falls, Very Nice gets pretty mean — but gloriously so. A-” –Entertainment Weekly
“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.” –Roxane Gay, author of Bad
Open Book/ Open Mind: Very Nice Sunday, September 15th, 4PM
Marcy Dermansky in Conversation with Kate Tuttle