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From Barnes & NobleMarie can't help the way she is: pretty, spontaneous, loving. Or so she sees it. Others, however, just don't understand. She served a six-year prison sentence as an accessory to a bank robbery, but the boyfriend she helped didn't last nearly as long in his own confinement.
Upon her release, Marie looks up her oldest friend, Ellen, an accomplished New York lawyer and the mother of adorable two-year-old Caitlin.
Seeking a new nanny and exercising what readers easily see as poor judgment, Ellen hires Marie for the job. Marie enjoys the slow, languid days, playing in the park, napping, and drawing bubble baths for her young charge. They eat yummy macaroni and cheese at every opportunity, followed by creamy chocolate pudding. But Marie takes more than a job from Ellen. As the days pass, she begins to steal pieces of Ellen's life one at a time: food, drink, clothing, jewelry, money, and finally, her husband and daughter.
Marie's excuse for her behavior: she's a good person "who suffered from lapses in acceptable behavior." She's the ultimate antiheroine. A taut, fastmoving read, Bad Marie is a refreshing change of pace. Unlike other contemporary female protagonists, Marie's not obsessed with shopping, a long-term relationship, or her weight. She has no guilt and no interest in social climbing. Like the toddler she cares for, her life is all about the present.