The Red Car
Marcy Dermansky
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Dec 14, 2019 - 19:44 PMBy Marcy Dermansky

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 LeLeah 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.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.
  • Title: The Red Car
  • Author: Marcy Dermansky
  • ISBN: 9781631492334
  • Page: 409
  • Format: Hardcover

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Roxane Dec 14, 2019 - 19:44 PM
I ve been waiting and waiting for a new book from Marcy Dermansky and finally that new book is here The Red Car is taut and smart and strange and sweet and perfect I want to eat this book or sew it to my skin or something.
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Esil Dec 14, 2019 - 19:44 PM
3.5 stars The Red Car was on the weird side, but mostly weird in a good way Leah is a writer in her early thirties Her former boss Judy dies, and leaves her a red sports car The rest of the book focuses on Leah s odd trip from New York to the west coast to attend Judy s funeral and claim the car There s a very light touch of surrealism to the story But the predominant feel is a deadpan narrative style focused on Leah s state of mind and seemingly random choices and encounters This will not be ev [...]
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Jenny (Reading Envy) Dec 14, 2019 - 19:44 PM
I really enjoyed this book, just sat and read all 200 pages without a break I was a bit deterred by the comparison to Miranda July and Maria Semple, both authors I feel I am supposed to like, but when faced with their characters I feel too far on the outside In this case, the central character of Leah makes perhaps socially inept choices but I understood them The author shows us her thought process and somehow her ways make sense, despite her life being rather small and unsatisfying The death of [...]
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Lark Benobi Dec 14, 2019 - 19:44 PM
Everything about this book is magical to me There is such a buoyant quality to this prose, and such a candor in the narrative voice The story is flatly told but full of surprise It explains very little and apologizes for nothing The protagonist is without agency, yielding, being acted on continuously by others rather than making her own conscious decisions I ended up feeling completely enveloped in this character as I read, I was her She is someone who is obsessively observant of other people, a [...]
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Cari Dec 14, 2019 - 19:44 PM
My god, what a ride this was Gorgeously written and perfectly paced A book has to be tightly controlled to succeed at this brief length, but it doesn t feel controlled or contrived It unspools so naturally and inevitably, without ever being predictable I loved it.
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Martha Dec 14, 2019 - 19:44 PM
I think the most impressive thing about The Red Car and basically EVERYTHING about it is impressive is how gentle Dermansky s hand on it is I realize that s a ridiculous thing to say about an author, but in other stories like this once a white woman in her 30s dealing with a life she s realized she doesn t love and the choices that got her there it often feels as if the writer is dragging the reader through scenes, assembling lessons, and aligning symbols But The Red Car, somehow, is entirely Le [...]
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Steve Dec 14, 2019 - 19:44 PM
The Red Car is a classic American road story what American story is there than things weren t working out so well in the east and so I went west but it s also a brilliant subversion of the road story It s a novel of a narrator finding herself on the road, complete with sly winks at the macho pursuit of finding oneself in On The Road and Big Sur and at the kind of men who both appear in those books and see themselves in them The protagonist here makes risky decisions personally, sexually, financ [...]
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Jessica Woodbury Dec 14, 2019 - 19:44 PM
The fact that I was able to start and finish and enjoy The Red Car is something Dermansky is not really my kind of writer I have never been much for the kind of meandering narrative of a directionless protagonist And yet I read this one in a relatively short time But, of course, eventually I started waiting for it to come together or mean something and the thing about this book is that it never does And I am not the right reader for it, as much as I may wish I could be But I did enjoy it than B [...]
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Julianne (Outlandish Lit) Dec 14, 2019 - 19:44 PM
4.5 The Red Car was totally not what I expected Honestly, the publisher blurb makes it sound like a borderline Eat Pray Love journey of self discovery featuring a constant soundtrack of Natasha Bedingfield Luckily for us, that is SO not what this book is It is much weirder than that If you like the straight forward, quirky, honest sense of humor of Miranda July and or the sparse, powerful writing of Lydia Davis, this is the book for you And that s exactly why it was the book for me.I don t want [...]
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Adrienne Dec 14, 2019 - 19:44 PM
This book grabbed me from the first page, and never let go The events, though almost mundane on their face, take on a mythical quality in Dermansky s hands she has the ability to make plain, clear utterances than the sum of their parts, and run a shiver of electricity underneath her story, only occasionally letting it spark up into view If that doesn t sound good, it is It is very, very good.
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Janet Dec 14, 2019 - 19:44 PM
THE RED CAR is a quick read but definitely not a simple one Leah gets news about an old friend, news that takes her on an emotional and geographical journey This novel is dark and twisty but also funny and unexpected.
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Rita Dec 14, 2019 - 19:44 PM
I love Dermansky s surreal prose This is a simple story, one that could have been told from a hundred different angles I loved the way she chose to tell it I loved how her use of language created the tone of drifting and uncertainty and re creating yourself in the midst of emotional chaos.
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K.D. Winchester Dec 14, 2019 - 19:44 PM
I love a well written novel between 150 200 pages, and this book didn t disappoint Dermansky writes a tight, emotionally charged story that ends with you feeling satisfied and thinking, Yes, that ended perfectly I m not going to tell you much about it since the book is so short, but let s just say it s about a woman finding her feet in life and figuring out who she wants to be.
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Kay Dec 14, 2019 - 19:44 PM
What a quirky lovely book The dialogue is excellent There is a weird whimsy to it as well along with some other weirdness But I really liked it It was different voice than I normally read and that was pleasing Quick read and delightful Actually, inspired me to write.
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Mary Dec 14, 2019 - 19:44 PM
I ll read this one again I love Dermansky s voice and will read anything everything she writes.
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Emily Dec 14, 2019 - 19:44 PM
I am a new convert to Marcy Dermansky thanks Meg , and while I still love her writing, I am less enthused about the story of the red car Leah, the protagonist, is directionless, which is interesting for the first half of the book and singularly less interesting in the second, perhaps because prolonged exposure to Leah slowly reveals that there s not much underneath the surface What s relatable in Leah s early twenties is not in her thirties, which is compounded by the problem of the red car The [...]
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BookishStitcher Dec 14, 2019 - 19:44 PM
This is like those novels that were extremely popular a decade agoMiddle aged woman leaves behind her life, and low and behold starts having these spectacular adventures where everyone wants to have sex with them and somehow money doesn t matter Except in this novel the woman isn t middle aged, but in her early 30 s Her friend dies leaving her a sports car and money So she can continue on her life path of doing nothing, but writing for a decade even though she has only published one short story [...]
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Lisa Dec 14, 2019 - 19:44 PM
What a lovely surprise The Red Car is a sparkling, smart and funny novel I enjoyed every page I just wish it was longer.
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Karyl Dec 14, 2019 - 19:44 PM
I suspect this is another of those books that to me falls into the category of the Emperor s new clothes No one is brave enough to tell the Emperor that he is truly naked, except for an innocent child who finally announces that the Emperor has got no clothes on I feel this way about a lot of books, that the hype has created the idea that this book and many others are amazing and great and wonderful, and so most people fall in line with that idea because they don t want to come across as less edu [...]
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Zach Dec 14, 2019 - 19:44 PM
A voice that burrows and expands I m sure there are lots of reviews here that start and end with I didn t like the narrator or nothing happens so if you say that to yourself just do us all a favor and skip this one.Deserved to be on best of 2016 lists One of my favorite reads in a while I was transfixed Just the right length, too.
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Kathleen Dec 14, 2019 - 19:44 PM
I loved this book I read it in one day I feel like the author should write part 2 and let us know what Leah does with the rest of her life I want to go to Big Sur
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Erin Glover Dec 14, 2019 - 19:44 PM
Reading this book was like taking a ride in a red sports car Each scene is action packed Leah seems wild and eccentric in her youth, including agreeing to have sex with the boy who loves her and lives across the hall in the dorm of their prestigious school if he will pay her 200 She read that college girls in Japan did it Somehow, she settles for less as life goes on until her boss dies and leaves her the little red sports car Then her journey to find herself takes her across the country with th [...]
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Kate Dec 14, 2019 - 19:44 PM
I really loved this book about a woman who is snapped out of her ennui by a phone call that the woman who always believed in her is dead It takes her on a journey and you can t see the ending coming It was perfectly paced, smart and funny At 200 pages, it is a snap to read So why don t you pick this one up
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Chrissie Dec 14, 2019 - 19:44 PM
I heard the author wanted this book to be Murakami for women, and I guess that it s similar because I found it interesting without being able to say why it was interesting The lack of contractions was distracting though I don t know anyone who talks like the characters.
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Kalen Dec 14, 2019 - 19:44 PM
I love Marcy s books and this one is no exception Her characters are sad and slightly off kilter and they find themselves in all sorts of interesting situations The Red Car is no exception Fans of Dermansky s will be thrilled to finally get their hands on her third novel.
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Penny (Literary Hoarders) Dec 14, 2019 - 19:44 PM
DNFThis was painful A shame, because the audiobook narrator was very good, had a very pleasant voice, it s a shame she had to narrate such drivel I ended it when I heard her narrate this gem of a sentence, Oh, I decided I really liked plants The main character was a complete flake, sex crazed and shallow You couldn t scratch too hard beneath a very light surface layer, because there wasn t much depth to the character or the story This was a pick for our in person book club Here s to hoping our c [...]
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Kate Friedeberg Dec 14, 2019 - 19:44 PM
In the words of Roxanne Gay, I want to eat this book or sew it into my skin or something.
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Tonstant Weader Dec 14, 2019 - 19:44 PM
The Red Car is a modern picaresque fairy tale Leah is our heroine, flawed, not completely honest with people, though less out of traditional picaresque roguishness and out of a desire to avoid confrontation And in true modern fashion, the person she most deceives is herself.Ten years ago Leah worked in human resources as a personal assistant to Judy, a woman who mentored her and befriended her, encouraging her to go to grad school, telling her she would be a writer one day Leah takes her advice [...]
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Sue Dec 14, 2019 - 19:44 PM
Marcy Dermansky s narrators remind me of Ali Pfefferman, Gaby Hoffmann s character on Transparent Utterly lost, a bit than slightly subversive, but so appealing in their inability to be anything but genuine flaws, foibles and all In Dermansky s latest book, aspiring young novelist Leah drifts through life, going through the motions, from San Francisco to Queens, NY where she lives, unhappily married to her Austrian green card husband, Hans, also a writer One day, she gets the news that her form [...]
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Stephanie Gangi Dec 14, 2019 - 19:44 PM
The Red Car delivered on the promise of Dermansky s earlier books, Twins and Bad Marie In a way, I think she s a writer s writer, because she is so deeply invested in her sentences, the order of the words, stylized dialogue, nuances of character that signal literary But as you read and read, and are marveling at the craft, you come to the realization that you are turning pages, completely hooked by the plot I would love to see her write a straight up thriller
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The Red Car By Marcy Dermansky 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 LeLeah 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.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.

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