Above all else, Marcy Dermansky wants to entertain her readers, but also herself.
“Writing that’s fun gets a bad rap,” says the Montclair resident, who admits she sometimes loses interest in a writing project if she’s not amused by it. Dermansky’s latest novel, Very Nice, due July 2 from Knopf, is a serious book disguised as a funny one. Set in what’s recognizable as the post-Obama era, it involves contemporary cultural touchstones: the threat of a school shooting, a messy mother-daughter-professor love triangle, and the complicated world of Manhattan investment banking. But it’s also deeply, darkly humorous.
“I wanted things to be like a soap opera,” says Dermansky. The result is an attention-grabbing narrative featuring many interconnected characters and storylines. It’s a book that demands to be binge-read with as much urgency and obsession as Dermansky wrote it. What started as a short story for the now defunct online feminist newsletter Lenny Letter quickly snowballed into a full manuscript. “I pretty much wrote it after the  election,” she says. “It wouldn’t leave my mind.”
After living and working among her literary peers in New York City for years, Dermansky returned to her home state three years ago, settling in Montclair, where she now lives with her daughter, and where she’s grateful to have found a new, supportive community of writers.Click here to leave a comment