Marcy Dermansky at her graduation from college.
370 Lancaster Avenue, Haverford, PA 19041, United States
Haverford College where Marcy Dermansky received her Bachelor of Arts degree.
118 College Dr, Hattiesburg, MS 39406, United States
The University of Southern Mississippi where Marcy Dermansky received her Master of Arts degree.
Marcy Dermansky with Angela Ledgerwood and Megan Abbott.
Marcy Dermansky with Emily St. John Mandel at Greenlight Bookstore. Photo by Emma Straub.
Marcy Dermansky with Jim Brady at her first interview.
Marcy Dermansky. Photo by Sylvie Rosokoff.
Marcy Dermansky with Paul Auster and Siri Hustvedt at the Montclair LitFest.
Marcy Dermansky in fifteen years.
Marcy Dermansky with her brother Michael and sister Julie.
(On the eve of their thirteenth birthday, identical twins ...)
On the eve of their thirteenth birthday, identical twins Chloe and Sue agree to get matching tattoos to prove their bond is stronger than DNA. So begins Twins, Marcy Dermansky’s funny and disturbingly honest debut novel, the extraordinary story of blonde, beautiful twin sisters trying to survive adolescence and each other. Over the course of five years, Chloe and Sue overcome breakups, unhappy Hawaiian vacations, unicycle lessons, eating disorders, pill abuse, and their first painful explorations of love and sex. Told in alternating voices, Twins introduces two new unforgettable heroines on the verge, in a spellbinding tale of teen angst, obsession, and redemption in the suburbs.
(Bad Marie is the story of Marie, tall, voluptuous, beauti...)
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 Caitlin and Benoit Doniel. 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".
(Marcy Dermansky offers a biting exploration of a woman’s ...)
Marcy Dermansky offers a biting exploration of a woman’s search for self-realization and models of a life well lived. When Leah’s former boss and mentor, Judy, dies in an accident and leaves Leah her most prized possession - a flashy red sports car - the shock forces Leah to reevaluate her whole life. Leah is living in Queens with a husband she doesn’t love and a list of unfulfilled ambitions. Returning to San Francisco to claim the mysteriously powerful car, she revisits past lives and loves in several sprawling days colored by sex and sorrow.
(Rachel Klein never meant to kiss her creative writing pro...)
Rachel Klein never meant to kiss her creative writing professor, but with his long eyelashes, his silky hair, and the sad, beautiful life he laid bare on Twitter, she does, and the kiss is very nice. Zahid Azzam never planned to become a houseguest in his student's sprawling Connecticut home, but with the sparkling swimming pool, the endless supply of Whole Foods strawberries, and Rachel's beautiful mother, he does, and the home is very nice. Becca Klein never thought she'd have a love affair so soon after her divorce, but when her daughter's professor walks into her home, bringing with him an apricot standard poodle named Princess, she does, and the affair is a very bad idea.
Marcy Dermansky received a Bachelor of Arts degree in English from Haverford College in 1991. From the University of Southern Mississippi, the Center for Writers, she received a Master of Arts degree in Creative Writing and English in 1998.
From 1996 Marcy Dermansky was the executive assistant to the Human Resources Manager in the Department of Facilities Management at the University of California, San Francisco. In this position, she wrote job descriptions for new positions. She created a copy to be sent to newspapers and recruiters. She also wrote the copy for course descriptions taught to department employees. Her next position was a content editor at Dow Jones. She wrote headlines and brief summaries of selected content, and copy for SMS messages to be sent to client cell phone lists. Marcy Dermansky worked there till 2009.
Сoncurrently with this job, she reviewed foreign and independent films for About.com. She also maintained a blog for the website, informing readers of developments in the film industry: new releases, casting, trends in cinema, and box office. From 2000 she offers private editing services for selected manuscripts, working one-on-one with writers to help them find their way from draft to finished manuscript. She also provides author's published materials copywriting: including blurbs for promotional material and back jacket copy.
Dermansky is engaged in writing novels. She is the author of the critically acclaimed books The Red Car (2016), Bad Marie (2010), and Twins (2005). 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. Her latest novel Very Nice was released on July 2, 2019.
(Rachel Klein never meant to kiss her creative writing pro...)2019
(Bad Marie is the story of Marie, tall, voluptuous, beauti...)2010
(On the eve of their thirteenth birthday, identical twins ...)2005
(Marcy Dermansky offers a biting exploration of a woman’s ...)2016
The women in Marcy Dermansky's novels and short stories are stealthily complicated; they work dead-end jobs but have bigger dreams; they observe the world with a wry, dark sensibility. And they do bad things - even though, as Dermansky herself would argue, they are not, themselves, bad. Good or bad, the characters in Dermansky’s work all seem to make choices impulsively, which can seem alternately liberating or scary, depending on your point of view.
Dermansky eschews written outlines, choosing instead to just let the story unfold.
The Red Car is her attempt to write a Haruki Murakami novel.
"What I love about writing is that I can have my characters act out in ways I might have liked to, but didn’t necessarily have the nerve for."
"It always felt good to get lost in a fictional world - and then to read the same book over and over again. Of course, I still do that."
"I think as female authors, we're always sort of made to worry about whether our characters are sympathetic or not."
"I think loss can be useful, you just don’t know it at the time. Nobody wants somebody they love to die, to get divorced, to be broke or get fired."
In high school, Marcy Dermansky was the Snickers eating, diet girl type, always jealous of the ones with the real eating disorders because she never had the will power to throw up or starve herself.
She didn't have best friends in junior high or high school.
Marcy Dermansky was married but divorced about 2003. She has a daughter.