Marcy Dermansky, Very Nice: An Evening with the Authors

“A juicy tale of bad behavior. . . . Very Nice gets pretty mean—but gloriously so.” Entertainment Weekly

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.

Zigzagging between the rarefied circles of Manhattan investment banking, the achingly self-serious MFA programs of the Midwest, and the private bedrooms of Connecticut, Very Nice is an audacious, addictive, and wickedly smart take on the way we live now.

Marcy Dermansky is the author of the critically acclaimed novels The Red Car, Bad Marie, Twins, and Very NiceHer 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. She lives in Montclair, New Jersey, with her daughter, Nina.

Maria Semple is the author of This One Is Mine, Where’d You Go, Bernadette, and Today Will Be Different. Where’d You Go, Bernadette, an international bestseller, has been translated into twenty-five languages and developed into a feature film starring Cate BlanchettSemple has also written for the TV shows 90210, Mad About You, Ellen, Arrested Development and others. She lives in Seattle.


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