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A wildly imaginative, rebellious, and tender tale of independence from the critically acclaimed author of Bad Marie.

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.

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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Quotes & Awards

  • “If you want to fall in love with a book almost at first sight (i.e. paragraph four)…read Marcy Dermansky’s The Red Car.”


  • “A dry, delightful fairy tale for grown-ups.”


  • “A swift and magical read…Spare, funny, and deftly observant of what happens when our repressed emotions reach a violent precipice.”

    Huffington Post

  • “Sharp and fiery…The novel’s furious action keeps the pages snapping by, but each incident, at times each sentence, is bubbling with equally furious ideas.”

    New York Times Book Review

  • “[The Red Car] is on one level, a fairy tale complete with fairy godmother, and on another, a whispered goad to the reader: Live the life you really want.”


  • “Sleek and polished…Dermansky’s short, punchy chapters keep the tightly written novel moving smoothly along, and flashbacks to her past add depth without slowing momentum.”

    Publishers Weekly

  • “Explores the many unwise decisions of her heroine, offering no solutions but encouraging us to hope that things will get better. Readers won’t be able to put this one down.”

    Library Journal

  • “Dermansky is vigilantly observant, hot-wire funny, and sharply attuned to failures to empathize and the impulse to lie…An eerie, psychologically astute tale.”


  • “Dermansky knows how to write, and wrap up, a good road trip—a Big Sur epiphany and newfound resilience. The Red Car is like a film so mesmerizing that you want to get another box of popcorn and see it again.”

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  • The Red Car is a wonder. Moving, mysterious, and filled with dark, sly humor, it rustles under your skin and stays there. By the time I reached its shimmering final pages, I wanted to go right back to the beginning and start again.”

    Megan Abbott, author of You Will Know Me

  • “A new book by the inimitable Marcy Dermansky is worth cheering for. The Red Car is droll, unflinching, and mysterious, a feat of efficient storytelling. I could not put it down. This novel mesmerized me.”

    Edan Lepucki, author of California

  • “Dermansky’s vision is sharp and clear, pushing her beautifully realized protagonist, Leah, into the rapids on a journey of self-discovery…A tremendously moving story that feels true and important.”

    Cari Luna, author of The Revolution of Every Day

  • “A captivating novel about the pursuit of joy that combines dreamlike logic with dark humor, wry observation, and gritty feminism.”

    Kirkus Reviews (starred review)

  • A Today Show Pick of Must-Read Books for Fall
  • A Millions.com Pick of the Most Anticipated Books of the Second-Half of 2016
  • A BuzzFeed Books Pick 
  • A Huffington Post Best Book of 2016
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