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Very Nice

By: Marcy Dermansky
Narrated by: Full Cast
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Publisher's Summary

A brilliantly funny novel of money, sex, race, and bad behavior in the post-Obama era, featuring a wealthy Connecticut divorcée, her college-age daughter, and the famous novelist who is seduced by them both.

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.

Audiobook Cast of Narrators: Rachel, read by Emily; Lawrence Zahid, read by Vikas Adam; Becca, read by Cassandra Campbell; Khloe, read by January LaVoy; Jonathan, read by Johnathan McClain. 

©2019 Marcy Dermansky (P)2019 Random House Audio

Critic Reviews

"Very Nice features a very spoiled apricot poodle, very yummy breakfasts of avocado toast, and a very naughty mother-daughter-professor love triangle - it's everything you need in your new favorite summer novel, and makes me very relieved I never got my PhD." (Kevin Kwan, best-selling author of Crazy Rich Asians)

"Marcy Dermansky is a light switch, a volume knob, a fire drill. Her novels are bright and attention-grabbing, from the first page to the last, and Very Nice is her best yet. This smart, sexy, funny book is a balm for rattled nerves. Write me a thousand more books, Marcy, and I'll read them all." (Emma Straub, best-selling author of Modern Lovers and The Vacationers

"Very Nice is so sexy and reads so smooth that I was utterly addicted. Trenchantly observed and darkly funny, it will stick with you long after you finish its final, ferocious sentence." (Maria Semple, best-selling author of Where’d You Go, Bernadette?)

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Racy, lots of sex in about every chapter. Definitely don’t want to listen to this book in the car with your children

The characters are bizarre but very interesting and well developed. This is a great read for a lazy beach day!

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Too stupid to finish

I couldn't get far because of the disgusting behavior of the characters. There was absolutely no character development and right away they were having sex.
Not a very believable story.

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better title: Highly Unlikable People

not sure what that was. I finished it but got nothing from it. super meh. decent narrator's tho.

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not an expert

This is a good book for killing time only. I would not recommend if you read books to learn from them.

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Annoyingly Political

Story still would have been good and interesting without the political commentary. There’s no need to attack half your audience for the entire book.