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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
Ashley Prentice Norton is a graduate of Exeter, Georgetown, and the Creative Writing Program at New York University. The Chocolate Money is her first novel. She lives in New York with her husband and three children.
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 20 days 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 2 months ago by momb
Oh my, this book is bad. I'm not a prude by any means, and I don't mind a little trash in my reading, but this book is just gross. Read morePublished 2 months ago by S. Newman
The first two thirds of the book (mostly) held my interest, but the last part, the author really dropped the ball. The last one third, Ms. Read morePublished 4 months ago by wtorrance
Very addicting- wanted to see what was going to happen next. Unbelievable that it is based on a true story.Published 4 months ago by Amazon Customer
A little too raw for me. I kept hoping for some good experiences for our poor little rich girl, but it was damaged goods through and through.Published 4 months ago by Avid Reader