The Red Car

The Red Car

A Novel

Book - 2016 | First edition.
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With each new novel, Marcy Dermansky deploys her "brainy, emotionally sophisticated" (New York Times) prose to greater and greater heights, and The Red Car is no exception.Leah is living in Queens with a possessive husband she doesn't love and a long list of unfulfilled ambitions, when she's jolted from a thick ennui by a call from the past. Her beloved former boss and friend, Judy, has died in a car accident and left Leah her most prized possession and, as it turns out, the instrument of Judy's death: a red sports car.Judy was the mentor Leah never expected. She encouraged Leah's dreams, analyzed her love life, and eased her into adulthood over long lunches away from the office. Facing the jarring disconnect between the life she expected and the one she is now actually living, Leah takes off for San Francisco to claim Judy's car. In sprawling days defined by sex, sorrow, and unexpected delight, Leah revisits past lives and loves in search of a self she abandoned long ago. Piercing through Leah's surreal haze is the enigmatic voice of Judy, as sharp as ever, providing wry commentary on Leah's every move.Following her "irresistible" (Time) and "wicked" (Slate) novel Bad Marie, Dermansky evokes yet another edgy, capricious, and beautifully haunting heroine--one whose search for realization is as wonderfully unpredictable and hypnotic as the twists and turns of the Pacific Coast Highway. Tautly wound, transgressive, and mordantly funny, The Red Car is an incisive exploration of one woman's unusual route to self-discovery.
Publisher: New York : Liveright Publishing Corporation, a Division of W.W. Norton & Company, [2016]
Edition: First edition.
Copyright Date: ©2016
ISBN: 9781631492334
Branch Call Number: FIC Derma
Characteristics: 206 pages ; 22 cm


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May 02, 2017

A friend asked "why this book?" as in "why did you pick this book to read?" and I couldn't answer. The cover, and it's often covers which get me in the front cover, is unremarkable. The title reveals little. Yet from the moment I opened and began reading I was engaged. The dialogue is excellent and that's always a hook for me. If the ending seemed - well, I can't even recall how it ended - that did nothing to lessen my enjoyment. This is an author I'm now in search of. I really enjoyed this book.

lindab1111 Feb 19, 2017

This was an enjoyable read. Mix in a bit of magical realism, a conflicted main character, and good writing and you have a fun read. The main character is at a crossroads in her life and although she might seem to be aimless in her pursuit of a direction, who hasn't at one time. Sometimes you just have to see where the road takes you.

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