Marcy Dermansky

Occupation Writer

Books by Marcy Dermansky
  • by Marcy Dermansky
    Harper Perennial, 2006.

  • by Marcy Dermansky
    Harper Perennial, 2010.

  • by Nicole Steinberg
    State Univ of New York Pr, 2011-02.
  • About Me

    My second novel BAD MARIE (Harper Perennial, 2010) was a Barnes and Nobles Discover New Writers pick. The novel was short listed in the Morning News Tournament of Books and named one oft he Five Best Novels of the Year You May Have Missed by Esquire Magazine. Time Magazine called BAD MARIE "irrestible."

    My first novel TWINS was a NY Times Editors Choice pick. My stories have been published in literary journals, including “McSweeneys,” “The Alaska Quarterly Review,” and “The Indiana Review,” and on Fictionaut, too.

    My movie reviews are here:

    Why do you write?

    What else am I going to do? I love to write.

    Any favorite authors? Books?

    Haruki Murakami, Flannery O'Connor, Toni Morrison, Antonia White, Russell Banks, Frederick Barthelme, Truman Capote, Sarah Waters, F. Scott Fitzgerald, Jhumpa Lahiri, Marjane Satrapi, Ellen Gilchrist, Joy Williams, Antonya Nelson, Mary Robison.

    Marcy Dermansky's Wall

    Fin Sorrel – Nov 17, 2018

    Thank you for inviting me to this site, I have recently been using it more than Facebook, which is good, because that was trying to eat my "soul" what was left of it anyway, merci, merci!

    Willett Thomas – May 06, 2013

    Hey Marcy,

    Sorry for this late reply. Hope you're having a wonderful Spring 2013!

    David Driscoll – Apr 27, 2013

    Thanks for the invite, Marcy.

    Barbara L.W. Myers – Apr 23, 2013

    Marcy, thanks for the invite! Happy to connect, and looking forward to sharing!

    Ari Ross – Apr 22, 2013

    Thanks so much for the invite, Marcy. Time for me to start doing some building and painting on here.

    Lissa M. Cowan – Apr 22, 2013

    Thanks for the invite! :) I look forward to exploring....

    Kevin Liu – Apr 22, 2013

    Thanks for the invite!! :)

    mourning light – Apr 19, 2013

    Hi Marcy! Thanks so much for inviting me!

    Jordan Eash – Apr 14, 2013

    Thanks for the invitation!

    James Bryan Cornelius – Apr 12, 2013

    Thank you very much for the invitation.

    David Martin – Apr 12, 2013

    Thanks for the invite Marcy.

    Akshay Dashore – Apr 10, 2013

    grazie tanto. :-)

    Dan Frazier – Apr 08, 2013

    Thank you so much for the opportunity to be here. I have been a longtime lurker, it will be fun to participate

    Hazem Tagiuri – Apr 08, 2013

    Thanks for the invite!

    Linda Manning – Apr 07, 2013

    Thanks for signing me up with Fictionaut. I'm enjoying this place very much!

    Shan Shaikh – Apr 07, 2013

    I'm invited? That's swish. Thank you Marcy.

    Allen Hope – Apr 07, 2013


    Thank you for the invitation to join Fictionaut. i have been waiting quite a while and so it was a very pleasant surprise to open your email and discover that my wait was over.

    Ophelia Hu – Apr 07, 2013

    Hello Marcy; thanks so much for the invitation! I'm excited to be a part of this community and to learn and give. Grateful for the chance.


    Peter Wood – Apr 03, 2013

    Hi Marcy, just to say thank you for leaving a message on my wall - truly appreciated and a nice little welcome mat - btw -really liked Adults at Home.
    Quick question though, how come I can't submit another story yet... Maybe I'm being naive or something.
    Have a great day.

    Peter Wood – Apr 02, 2013

    Hi Marcy, thank you for the invite. I really like the site and look forward to having a good look round and look through your work. Have just submitted my first so please feel free to drop by and lay down any comments/thoughts/advice for improvement if you want. Take care out there and have a great day/evening. Peter

    Ivy L. Barrons – Apr 02, 2013

    Mrs. Dermansky, Marcy, thank you for the invitation. I didn't think I would be invited. :)!

    Nan Cuba – Apr 02, 2013

    Thanks for the invitation, Marcy. I'm a fan of the site and appreciate being asked to join.

    Craig Towsley – Apr 02, 2013

    Hey Ms. Demarsky. Thanks for the invite, it's appreciated...but just out of curiosity, how do we "know" each other?

    Veronica Marie Lewis-Shaw – Mar 31, 2013

    My apologies... I've been remiss in thanking you for inviting me to Fictionaut. Thank you very much, Marcy!

    Charlotte Hamrick – Feb 28, 2013

    Thanks so much for the invitation, Marcy. I look forward to good times here.

    Steven Pirani – Feb 27, 2013

    Cannot thank you enough for the invite. Thank you!

    Gintas Bradunas – Jan 27, 2013

    Thanks for the invite!

    Christina – Jan 24, 2013

    Hello thanks for the invitation! ;) This is a great place!

    Brian Ross – Jan 21, 2013

    Marcy, thank you for the invitation.

    Janice D. Soderling – Jan 11, 2013

    Hi Marcy. Warm thanks for reading a commenting this newbie's "First Day of Summer". Glad you liked it.

    Rand M. Burgess – Dec 16, 2012

    Thank you Marcy, been wanting to get on here for awhile. Hope you and everyone else will enjoy what I can share. Happy Holidays, or not, your pick. =D

    Marcus slease – Dec 16, 2012

    Thanks so much for the invite Marcy. Looking forward to reading some of your work on here. Best wishes from London.

    Christopher James – Dec 16, 2012

    Marcy, thank you very much for the invite, Christopher

    Trevor Abes – Dec 15, 2012

    Thank you kindly for the invite, Marcy

    Linda Seccaspina – Dec 13, 2012

    Thank you Marcy for the invite.
    Sending you huge hugs.

    Tamara Pratt – Nov 16, 2012

    Thank you for the invite, Marcy!

    Willett Thomas – Nov 15, 2012

    Thanks for the invite, Marcy!

    Gabe Pine – Nov 14, 2012

    Thanks so much for inviting me.

    Sam Beasley – Nov 14, 2012

    Hi Marcy, thanks very much for the invitation!

    Nathaniel Hansen – Nov 14, 2012

    Thanks for the invite, Marcy!

    Christina Canalizo – Nov 13, 2012

    Thanks for the invite!!

    Benjamin Brezner – Oct 23, 2012

    Thanks for the invitation, Marcy! Can't wait to get started!

    Victor Luo – Oct 08, 2012

    Thanks for the invite!

    T. L. Sherwood – Oct 05, 2012

    Thank you for the invitation!

    herocious – Oct 04, 2012

    Thanks for the invite Marcy.

    Ulrica Hume – Oct 04, 2012

    Thanks for the invite + the parasol compliment!

    Arturo Ruiz – Sep 27, 2012

    Thank you for the invite. Aloha!

    Gloria Garfunkel – Sep 20, 2012

    You didn't find real answers BECAUSE you don't live in New Jersey anymore.

    Sean Pravica – Sep 14, 2012

    Thanks so much for the invite, Marcy.

    Ulrica Hume – Sep 08, 2012

    Marcy, thanks for the invite!

    J.R. Hughes – Sep 08, 2012

    Thank you for the invite!!

    J.M. Whalen – Sep 04, 2012

    Thanks for the invite to Fictionaut, Marcy!

    I enjoy your work--Cow Juice, in particular, makes me chuckle. I have been a vegetarian for about a decade, and I appreciate the humor, irony, and poise you bring to a topic that tends to make people too serious.



    Rob Hartzell – Sep 03, 2012

    Thamks for the invite, Marcy....

    J. Daniel Taylor – Sep 02, 2012

    Thank yoj for the invite, Marcy. I look forward to the experience!

    Jason Chambers – Sep 02, 2012

    Thanks for the invitation, Marcy.


    Amanda Harris – Sep 02, 2012

    Thanks for inviting me here. I feel honored.

    M. F. Sullivan – Aug 25, 2012

    Thank you for the invitation! I was so excited to get it. Made my whole day!

    MrsQ – Aug 24, 2012

    Thank you for the invite! Truly appreciate it.

    Rob Hartzell – Aug 23, 2012

    Thanks for the invite -- much appreciated!

    Mathew Paust – Aug 15, 2012

    Thanks for the invite, Marcy. Most happy to be aboard.

    Jodi Barnes – Aug 13, 2012

    Thanks, Marcy! Look forward to being here and reading great work.

    Lee Williams – Aug 13, 2012

    Many thanks for the invite! I'm looking forward to getting involved.

    Jaymes Bartles – Aug 05, 2012

    Thanks for the invite. Feel free to check out my first contribution, "An Incarcerated Life."

    Sara Catterall – Aug 02, 2012

    Hello - thank you for the surprise invitation! Pleased to be here, looking around...

    this is my england – Jul 30, 2012

    Thanks for the invite!

    JR Rogers – Jul 28, 2012

    Thanks for the invite. Great to meet you.

    Cc Gg – Jul 23, 2012

    Thank you for inviting me, Marcy!

    Eugenio Volpe – Jul 19, 2012

    Thanks for the invite, Marcy!

    Janel Gradowski – Jul 17, 2012

    Thank-you for inviting me here! I know what I'm going to be doing this evening - exploring Fictionaut. :)

    Kenny Mooney – Jul 16, 2012

    Thanks for the invitation, Marcy. I'm looking forward to joining in!

    Gloria Garfunkel – Jul 15, 2012

    I greatly appreciated your comment on "Pig Girl" and the issue of not being invited to birthday parties. Thanks for your enthusiasm for the story.

    Gloria Garfunkel – Jul 14, 2012

    Marcy: Thank you for inviting me to this intriguing venture. I have no idea how this works and started "safe" by posting a story already published. There seems to be a lot of options to explore here, like all the groups. And since this is so new, I wonder how its character will change as it expands. Nice to have so many people interested in stories concentrated in one place.

    David Kozatch – Jul 13, 2012

    Marcy, thanks for the invite. I was reluctant to jump in - where did you find me? But after reading some of your stuff I'm already convinced I've landed in a good place. Not safe (that would be way too dull) but most certainly good.

    Karen Leiste – Jul 13, 2012

    Hi Marcy!
    Thank you for the invitation. I'll need a lot of time to understand everything around here (non native speaker problems...) but am curious to stroll around.

    Steele Diamond – Jul 10, 2012

    Thank you Marcy. You have opened a world to me to allow me to express. I thank you for that. Peace, Steele

    Michael Culler – Jun 26, 2012

    Hello Marcy - Thanks for the invitation. I'm excited to get my stuff out there, and to read yours as well! Really an honor.

    Shawn J. Higgins – Jun 24, 2012

    Marcy: Thanks for the invite! I'm excited to me in the mileau of so many great fellow readers and writers. All the best, Shawn

    Tianna Ellis – Jun 24, 2012

    Thank you so much for inviting me! XD

    Jennifer Warren – Jun 24, 2012

    Thanks for letting me in! This is by far the best lit site. Hooray! Jen

    Caleb Powell – Jun 10, 2012

    Thx for invite, much appreciated.

    Mia Avramut – Jun 05, 2012

    Thank you for inviting me! xoxoxoxox

    Ryan – Jun 05, 2012

    Marcy! Thanks so much for inviting me. How are you doing?

    Jaime Karnes – Jun 05, 2012

    Thanks, Marcy!

    David M. Barnish – Jun 05, 2012

    Hello Marcy. My name is David Barnish and I want to thank you for inviting me to fictionaut. I can't wait to dive right in.

    Alex Aro – May 29, 2012

    I would just like to thank you for the invite to this site. I've been told many great things about it and after joining I can see this might just become my new favorite site. Thanks!

    M.H. – Apr 07, 2012

    Hi Marcy - Thanks so much for reading & commenting on "Telling" - you know I liked the hard pause of the period instead of hypen but rereading it, I see what you mean. Also, and this always happens, I always notice little mistakes in my writing - a missing apostrophe in this case. I'm a lazy proofreader :)

    Meg Pokrass – Sep 03, 2011

    you so made my day! thank you! xo

    Tawnysha Greene – Feb 19, 2011

    Thank you for your kind words about "Clean." I appreciate them very much...

    Karen Eileen Sikola – Feb 14, 2011

    Thanks for reading Headlines!

    Ann Bogle – Oct 18, 2010

    It was great to meet you, Marcy!

    Mark Krieger – Jul 19, 2010

    peter is here in Wisconsin at the moment. i’m going to visit him soon. i’ll say hi for you… but yes he’s still living down in Mexico teaching creative writing. are you coming to Wisconsin anytime soon for a reading? i’d love to meet you and chat a bit on writing, if you’d like…?

    Mark Krieger – Jul 19, 2010

    Marcy! I loved your story Halloween when it first appeared in KNOCK. My very first story Song of the Needle was in that issue (but i have better stories coming out in Narrative and Tampa Review--i think anyway). I flew out to see Johnathan Evison and met Ben Loory. Also, i think you went to school with a good friend of mine, Peter Theis...

    Mark Krieger – Jul 19, 2010

    Michelle Elvy – Jul 19, 2010

    Marcy! So great to read that excerpt of Bad Marie just now. I'm supposed to be translating and editing, but that was so very worth tearing myself away from work... thanks for posting it, and I'll look for the NZ edition!! (or find it online - I'm resourceful that way!)

    Robert Vaughan – Jul 13, 2010

    Hi Marcy, just read your insightful interview on Nervous Breakdown (I'm new there, just posted my first non-fiction A & E piece yesterday). Glad we share two of my favorite literary sites on the web! I'm excited to read your work. Have a great week!

    Deb Oestreicher – Apr 18, 2010

    Thanks for the welcome, Marcy! I am still figuring this site out, but having fun!

    James Robison – Feb 02, 2010

    I'm happy you gave "The Line" a star, Marcy.

    Jen Bergmark – Jan 29, 2010

    Marcy, thanks so much for your note. I loved reading Little Meadow Simms again! It was one of my favorite pieces we published in PIF. It's exciting to see all the cool stuff you've done - congratulations! This is a great site...I'm getting my act together to update my profile and post something. And I can't wait to read your novel.

    David Erlewine – Oct 01, 2009

    Thank you Marcy for the kind words on my father-son piece.

    Ann Bogle – Aug 02, 2009

    Marcy, due to Gary's poem about Facebook, I went on a little mission to read your work today and found sample chapters of Twins and read the first one about getting the tattoos. I'm wild about your writing! Thanks.

    Gary Percesepe – Jul 27, 2009

    funny thing--my standard poodle (name is dylan) is up sniffing at me now, as i type--

    Gary Percesepe – Jul 25, 2009

    readin twins--that first page---wow

    recommending it at the party--

    Darryl Price – Jul 17, 2009

    People seem to want to call you brainy but I think we should just stick with amazing.

    Teresa Houle – Jul 16, 2009

    Thank you for your comment (and favoriting) on The Tracing Game. It's a good boost to the confidence.

    Mary Miller – Jun 10, 2009

    You mean Roy Kesey?

    Yeah, I was seriously wondering about the note from Jurgen. lol. Hope you had a good day birthday. I'm eating red velvet cake...still.

    John Minichillo – Jun 10, 2009

    Happy birthday, yesturday.

    Thanks for letting me borrow your husband.

    I'll get him back in one piece.

    Mary Miller – Jun 07, 2009

    I hope you have a great birthday, Marcy! Did you know that Michael J. Fox and Johnny Depp also share our birthday? I know, I know, pretty exciting.

    Carrie Spell – May 27, 2009

    In response to comment #2: The woman is smarter than my review.

    David Erlewine – May 04, 2009

    Hey there, thanks for the wall note, very nice of you to let me know you like my stories. Very encouraging! Kudos on all of your success!

    David Erlewine – May 01, 2009

    late to the party but had to comment on "Perfect". One of the best stories I've read. The ending is just so so wonderful.

    James Robison – Mar 23, 2009

    Adults at Home was the single most exciting, nervy. cool, funny, poetic, sexy, sad and important-to-me story I've read in a decade. Admiration, I feel. Envy. But gratitude mostly.

    Gail Siegel – Feb 25, 2009

    Ha ha ha. Just read Jurgen's April 28 post. Real world and virtual worlds collide.

    But seriously, I loved Twins so much, am really excited about reading the new book.

    Mary Miller – Feb 24, 2009

    congrats on the sale of your novel!!

    aimée laberge – Nov 19, 2008

    Thanks for Herzog warning, Marcy! It's on my Netflix cue so I should get it soon... NBC news reporter Peter Alexander did a story on my ship, the CCGS Amundsen, for the Today show last Friday. OK.... That's enough product placement for today!

    Corey Zeller – Nov 12, 2008

    Your stories are extremely cool. Thanks for all the kind words.

    Corey Zeller – Nov 10, 2008

    Hi Marcy.

    Daniel Coffeen – Nov 09, 2008

    I really like your rhythm—direct without being confrontational, precise without being pedantic, sentiment without sentimentality.

    Robbi Pounds – Nov 03, 2008

    See, Marcy? I'm participating. I'm putting up new excerpts every week. I'll either bore everyone to death or build a fan base, right?

    Katherine Gleason – Oct 29, 2008

    Hi, Marcy

    Thanks for the note. Funny thing--the Glimmertrain editor said this:

    "Although it did not win this time, it did make it a long way through the judging process and was in the top 5% of over a thousand entries, earning you Honorable Mention, which you should note on your cover letter as you send this story back out into the world."

    Would you really note such a thing in cover letter when sending a story out? Hum...



    Robbi Pounds – Oct 23, 2008

    I'm being a good little girl and posting new stuff. Soon I'll post stuff you actually haven't read before.

    Gwenda Bond – Oct 10, 2008

    Joy Williams!

    Molly Gaudry – Oct 05, 2008

    I'll look for your novel! As for Bernheimer, I recommend starting with The Complete Tales of Ketzia Gold. It's amazing. Ketzia is unforgettable. The novel's so small, but I've read 300-page novels in less time; it's just so jam-packed with language-y goodness.

    Jonathan Evison – Oct 04, 2008

    . . .hey marcy, thanks for the reach-out, i just started this account yesterday! . . . have you got another novel in the works, I hope?

    Curtis Smith – Sep 20, 2008

    Hey Marcy--snowman lit might just be the next big thing. You never know. Thanks for the reading tip.

    aimée laberge – Sep 08, 2008

    by the people who live in Antarctica, do you mean people of science? they are a strange breed, half-nerds and half- last frontier/hotshot adventurers... i find them even more interesting than penguins!

    aimée laberge – Sep 05, 2008

    Thanks for your first writing on my brand new wall, Marcy. This virtual community of writers feels so real-- it's great! Haven't seen Herzog movie, wants to since I'm putting together a film class about the idea of North-- any other suggestions?

    Matthew Simmons – Sep 04, 2008

    Thanks so much, Marcy. It was a pretty huge surprise.

    The list will grow.

    John Minichillo – Sep 04, 2008

    Marcy wins for most contacts. So popular!

    Carson Baker – Aug 28, 2008

    My copy of Twins arrived today!

    Gail Siegel – Aug 27, 2008

    Whoa! Lots of Dermanskys here (Or is Dermanskies the plural of Dermansky????) Are they all your peeps? You know I loved must have one mighty talented family.

    Martha Conway – Aug 27, 2008

    So Jim Carrey has already decided to say yes to life. He beats me in everything.

    briggs nisbet – Aug 24, 2008

    gee, we coulda met in NYC at the Oyster Bay? Maybe we can try again. Oysters and me are always waiting for company.

    Noria Jablonski – Aug 16, 2008

    Thanks for the tip about Alison Baker! I just picked up her stories from the library.

    Robbi Pounds – Aug 09, 2008

    Did it! Posted! Be the first to read these never before seen pages.

    Robbi Pounds – Aug 08, 2008

    Yo, Marcy. I know what I want to post, but I am not smart enough to post it.

    Robbi Pounds – Aug 08, 2008

    Jürgen Fauth – Apr 28, 2008

    Hi Marcy! So great to see you on Fictionaut!

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