The Misfortune of Marion Palm by Emily Culliton

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Read The Misfortune of Marion Palm Online Free - 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.

Marion Palm prefers not to think of herself as a thief but rather "a woman who embezzles." Over the years she has managed to steal $180,000 from her daughters' private school, money that has paid for European vacations, a Sub-Zero refrigerator, and perpetually unused state-of-the-art exercise equipment. But, now, when the school faces an audit, Marion pulls piles of rubber-banded cash from their basement hiding places and flees, leaving her family to grapple with the baffled detectives, the irate school board, and the mother-shaped hole in their house. Told from the points of view of Nathan, Marion's husband, heir to a long-diminished family fortune; Ginny, Marion's teenage daughter who falls helplessly in love at the slightest provocation; Jane, Marion's youngest who is obsessed with a missing person of her own; and Marion herself, on the lam--and hiding in plain sight.

Title : The Misfortune of Marion Palm
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ISBN : 1524731900
Edition Language : English
Format Type : Hardcover
Number of Pages : 304 pages


Sterlingcindysu rated it ★★★☆☆

July 04, 2017

The last book I read, The Rumor, a publisher tells a novelist with a wayward wife, "For once let the heroine be happy, not good." This advice was followed by Culliton. It's a strong story with equally strong characters, but not necessarily a nice story with nice characters. There's meat on the bo...

Angie rated it ★★☆☆☆

July 20, 2017

Marion Palm and her husband are both rather despicable, for very different reasons, and they are further surrounded by pretty despicable adults. In this web of distasteful people, even the couple's children are portrayed as innocents, perhaps, but with deeply rooted issues that will make them, it...

Quirkyreader rated it ★★★★☆

July 16, 2017

Thank you Penguin Random House for the ARC. Marion Palm is a criminal. She embezzles money. But how she does it and what happens turns into a very entertaining story.

Stephanie rated it ★★★★★

May 30, 2017

Marion Palm has been embezzling money from her daughters' school, and, one day, picks up and leaves her family. Day by day, we follow her husband, Nathan, her children, Ginny and Jane, Marion's colleagues and the administrators at the school, the detective on the case, and others in a wonderful a...

Seth rated it ★★★☆☆

August 14, 2017

Another story about terrible people, with a protagonist whom we're supposed to cheer on (I think?) just because they surrender to their worst impulses and don't love anything or anyone. This is a mediocre book about owning and celebrating the worst parts of yourself. Short but exhausting.

Kasa rated it ★★★★★

June 18, 2017

Marion Palm is on the lam. That's the first line. But how she came to embezzle $180,000 from her daughters' school coffers while working in their development office comes out in this witty, episodic novel which is told in explosive little bursts. At times she's front and center, at times, her inc...

Andrew rated it ★★★☆☆

March 14, 2017

The most controlled prose I've read in a while. Trouble is, it's airtight- there's almost no breathing room. This is a Coen Bros. take on Maria Semple, but Ms. Culliton seems to mistake objectivity for verisimilitude, and/or maturity— it would have been better as a first-person, more skewed narrat...

Anmiryam rated it ★★★★☆

July 17, 2017

A dark comedy that in it's outlook and gimlet look at class distinctions reminds me of Beryl Bainbridge's The Bottle-Factory Outing, with millennial Brooklyn standing in for early 70s London. Stylistically Emily Culliton's voice -- distant, observant, yet somehow still warm -- evoked Elizabeth Cr...

Tracey rated it ★★☆☆☆

August 01, 2017

This may not have been for me.

Ellen rated it ★★★☆☆

April 09, 2017

I am a bit conflicted about this book. I didn't feel any affinity with any of the characters, despite the Brooklyn neighborhoods as the setting. Marion is not a sympathetic character, leaving her family after embezzling funds. The family is so dysfunctional that it's like a train wreck you can't...

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