Marion Palm is a pretty lousy wife and mother. She is unattractive and generally unpleasant but she is good with numbers. Marion Palm is an embezzler. In all she has embezzled $180,000 from her daughters’ private school where she works part time. You know all of this from the beginning. On the day Marion decides the jig is up she takes her young daughters out of school, they have lunch where they dine and dash, and she leaves them to make their way home alone. She is on the run with $40,000 in a backpack.

The fallout of Marion’s actions is darkly funny and sometimes a little madcap. She’s a character you’ll root for even if you don’t like her. The Misfortune of Marion Palm is a really quick read and a very fun ride.

Sherri Mc