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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. Her critically acclaimed first novel, The Chocolate Money, was heralded as "darkly funny...compulsively readable" by People. She lives in New York with her husband and three children.
This book was listed on a book list somewhere which is why I read it. It was jarringly sad.Published 3 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 3 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 4 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 6 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 7 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 8 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 8 months ago by S. Newman