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“Despite the sweet title, this debut novel by Ashley Prentice Norton is a dark tale of maternal sadism, twisted sex, and self-destruction. Norton is a fearless writer.”
— James Frey, author of Bright Shiny Morning
"I am not a reader easily shocked, and I was shocked by the brave twists and daring turns of Ashley Norton's compulsively readable The Chocolate Money. This story of a girl coming of age in Chicago, heir to a chocolate fortune and all the spoils and hungers that fortune sparks, is fearless and utterly unputdownable."
— Jennifer Gilmore, author of Something Red and Golden Country
"Not since Mommy Dearest has there been a transcription of a complex mother-daughter relationship as powerful. I rooted with all my heart for this girl. Ashley Prentice Norton’s writing is so gripping, vivid, and moving — so realistically drawn — it leaves even the most well-adjusted reader with the chilling knowledge of what it’s like to be raised by wolves. The Chocolate Money is devastating and unforgettable."
— Isabel Gillies, author of Happens Every Day and A Year and Six Seconds
"The Chocolate Money is the perfect page-turner, offering a window into the life of the richer-than-rich, complete with scandalous sex, wild parties, a snobby prep school, and a tyrannical train-wreck of a mother. But it's also something more—it’s a perceptive portrait of a young woman growing past the world that shaped her. Norton writes with empathy and wisdom about mothers and daughters, and the pain of loving a parent you must escape."
-- Jill A. Davis, author of Ask Again Later
“This is the darkest comedy I've ever read, overflowing with unflinching observations of the elite that are both laugh-out-loud and heart-wrenchingly poignant, all woven with the searing wit of a truly gifted new voice in fiction.”
—Jill Kargman, author of Wolves in Chic Clothing
This book was listed on a book list somewhere which is why I read it. It was jarringly sad.Published 4 months ago by Jodie Johnson
This book was not worth the time to read. Although the book generated a great deal of discussion in my book club, everyone thoroughly disliked it.Published 4 months ago by Heather Russell
Very good, interesting and captivating..
Loved the characters, really puts a spin on high society and how it still hasn't changed much
It provides a glimpse into the lives of the super-rich while also telling the tale of a little girl who was treated as an accessory - like a purse or bracelet. Read morePublished 5 months ago by A. D. Hale
Well written. I was compelled to continue reading, looking for a happy ending. But .... I'd like to see a follow-up book about the rearing of the mother in The Chocolate Money.Published 7 months ago by Sonja L. Schepperley
Characters so fully developed, I found myself troubled for Bettina and her childhood. While the end fit the story, I was left wanting more... Read morePublished 8 months ago by GrumplesMom
This book should come with a warning for explicit sex, language and violence. Babs is unlike any mother you will ever meet and Bettina understands her better anyone. Read morePublished 9 months ago by momb