Emily Culliton, The Misfortune of Marion Palm

Emily Culliton
The Misfortune of Marion Palm
Thursday, August 17, 7-8pm

Join us for a delightful evening with Emily Culliton as she introduces her debut novel The Misfortune of Marion Palm.  With starred reviews from major book journals and included in several summer-must-read lists, THIS IS YOUR BOOK to wrap up the summer with.  A wildly entertaining debut about a Brooklyn Heights wife and mother who has embezzled a small fortune from her children’s private school and makes a run for it, leaving behind her trust fund poet husband, his maybe-secret lover, her two daughters, and a school board who will do anything to find her.

EMILY CULLITON is a PhD candidate at the University of Denver for fiction and earned her MFA from the University of Massachusetts Amherst. She was born and raised in Brooklyn.

An Entertainment Weekly “Summer Must-Read Book!”

“This debut novel has what many others lack: a wicked sense of humor. VERDICT: With her mordant wit, deft plotting, and clever storytelling, Culliton is a young novelist to watch.”
—Leslie Patterson, Library Journal (Starred Review)

“Oddly comic—think Miranda July—writing… Culliton’s assured and clever novel reads more like that of a seasoned novelist than a debut… Readers who have wished the narration of The Royal Tenenbaums was an actual book need look no further than The Misfortune of Marion Palm.
Kathy Sexton, Booklist (Starred Review)

“Talk about getting away from it all. Marion Palm has pocketed $180,000 from her daughters’ school coffers and gone on the lam, no disguise necessary. ‘A homely woman,’ she thinks to herself, ‘is an invisible thing.’ But what is her plan, and is she ever coming back? A whip-smart, thoroughly original debut.” People Magazine, “Summer’s Best Books”

“If you love scandals and mystery…then you’ll love The Misfortune of Marion Palm.”
—Olivia Betchson, Betches Love This: “The Best Books to Read While You Tan: The Betches Summer 2017 Reading List”

“[A] wonderful and sharp debut novel… When Marion meets handsome, rich poet, Nathan Palm, she achieves a dream of financial security and stability. But reality is cruel and Nathan is not as wealthy as she thought… Culliton’s prose is effortless and wickedly clever; its ability to condone and condemn in the most succinct way is a testament to the author’s storytelling and characterization skills… Irresistible. This debut novel signals the arrival of an exciting talent.”Publishers Weekly (Starred Review)

“Emily Culliton is the no-nonsense, take-no-prisoners storyteller we’ve been waiting for and with Marion Palm she’s created an ingenious anti-heroine. Sly, lean, subversively comic, The Misfortune of Marion Palm is a dangerously addictive confection for readers hungry for the intelligent humor of Lydia Davis and the dark elegance of Muriel Spark. This is one first-time novelist who inspires a particular hope: that she is now hard at work on her second book.” —Mona Awad, author of 13 Ways of Looking at a Fat Girl

“There are only two questions regarding The Misfortune of Marion Palm: Do you read it quickly or do you read it slowly? You’ll want to race through it and yet there is brilliance to savor in every single sentence.” —Katherine Heiny, author of Single, Carefree, Mellow 

“Emily’s Culliton’s Brooklyn family drama-cum-mystery offers up a female heroine for whom money speaks louder than motherhood. If it’s shocking, it’s also refreshing.” —Lucinda Rosenfeld, author of Class
“Combine one crumbling brownstone, two children in private school, a clueless husband with a dwindling trust fund, millions of dollars squandered, and what do you get? A mom on the run and one of the funniest debut novels I’ve had the good fortune to read.” —Kevin Kwan, author of Crazy Rich Asians and Rich People Problems

Event date: 
Thursday, August 17, 2017 - 7:00pm to 8:00pm
Event address: 
54 Fairfield St.
Watchung Plaza
Montclair, NJ 07042
The Misfortune of Marion Palm Cover Image
ISBN: 9781524731908
Availability: Usually Ships in 1-5 Days
Published: Knopf Publishing Group - August 8th, 2017