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Today Will be Different

Maria Semple


9780297871460

Weidenfeld & Nicolson


Fiction & Literature;
Modern & contemporary fiction (post c 1945)


Paperback

272 pages

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ABBEY'S BOOKSELLER PICK ----- Eleanor starts each day with a mantra: today will be different. Close to 50, and closer to losing it all together, yet she goes through the motions of being Adult. But this is the day when everything IS different! Someone from her creative past is turning up unexpectedly, her son Timby will wrangle his way out of  school, her hidden family past is going to explode in her face, she's going to lose her dog, and discover that her too-good-to-be-true husband is just that: too good. But perhaps not true… A delightfully dark comedy, the perfect book to spend the day with! Lindy Jones

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From the author of Women's Prize for Fiction shortlisted Where'd You Go, Bernadette - soon to be a major motion picture directed by Richard Linklater.  Eleanor Flood is going to clean up her act, only change into yoga clothes for yoga, which today she will actually attend, and be a better version of herself. But then, as it always does, life happens. Eleanor's husband is missing, and their son, Timby, is wearing eye shadow to school and getting into fashion battles on the playground. (It's true that it's Eleanor's fault: She did put makeup in his Christmas stocking.) Just when it seems like things can't get weirder or more in the way of Eleanor's personal transformation, a graphic memoir called The Flood Sisters surfaces, and the dramatic story it tells reveals long-buried secrets and a sister to whom Eleanor never speaks. With all the artistic madness, genius plotting, and bold social observation that made Bernadette a hit, TODAY WILL BE DIFFERENT is a hilarious and heart filled day-in-the-life romp filtered through Maria Semple's brilliant eye.

By:   Maria Semple
Imprint:   Weidenfeld & Nicolson
Country of Publication:   United Kingdom
Dimensions:   Height: 171mm,  Width: 223mm,  Spine: 22mm
Weight:   380g
ISBN:   9780297871460
ISBN 10:   0297871463
Pages:   272
Publication Date:   October 2016
Audience:   General/trade ,  ELT Advanced
Format:   Paperback
Publisher's Status:   Active

Author Website:   www.mariasemple.com

Maria Semple worked as a television writer in Los Angeles for fifteen years, working on hit shows including Ellen, Saturday Night Live, Mad About You and Arrested Development. Her first novel, This One is Mine, was described as 'shocking, memorable, scathing, funny, delightful, hilarious and exquisite'. She lives in Seattle.


The joy, as before, is in the narrative voice... Brilliant set-pieces include a scene of existential despair in CostCo, a flashback to a hideous society wedding in the deep south, and Dr Joe's epiphany during a Seattle Seahawks game. Semple reaffirms her gift for creating memorable, monstrous characters THE GUARDIAN This whip-smart, bleakly humorous study of how we live now is full of finely drawn characters and deserves to widen her fanbase. SUNDAY TIMES It's funny and silly but also poignant and more than a little reminiscent of Semple's bestselling Where'd You Go, Bernadette MAIL ON SUNDAY There are some good lines and more than a few laughs, plus occasional pungent observations on life DAILY MAIL With its sparky gags and quirky cast of characters, never has a meltdown been so entertaining GLAMOUR One to Watch: Where'd You Go, Bernadette established Maria Semple as a brilliant comic writer. Today Will Be Different, about a middle-aged mum who is desperately trying to keep control of her life despite having one of those days, is just as smart, funny and original. GOOD HOUSEKEEPING sees Semple once again writing about a difficult woman with gleeful empathy and humour that can turn on a knife edge to heartbreak RED Whipsmart, dazzling, darkly comic and deeply touching. I loved it! -- Marian Keyes I adore it. Every bit as smart - and smart-arsed - as BERNADETTE ... this is wonderful -- Sam Baker, author of THE WOMAN WHO RAN and co-founder of THE POOL So unique, so smart, so funny, so beautifully humane, so utterly of our times, it's astonishing -- Gillian Flynn, author of GONE GIRL I love Maria Semple! TODAY WILL BE DIFFERENT is just as funny, poignant, and life-affirming as BERNADETTE -- Nina Stibbe, author of LOVE, NINA and MAN AT THE HELM I had the uncanny feeling, while reading TODAY WILL BE DIFFERENT, that Maria Semple had somehow snuck into my house when I was asleep, took an x-ray image of my heart, then painted it by hand in neon colors. This book is searingly honest and hilarious and dark and neurotic. It is dizzying. Best of all, it is delicious -- Lauren Groff, author of FATES AND FURIES Clever, funny and silly PSYCHOLOGIES Today will be different, Eleanor Flood tells herself, and oh baby hang on for a wild ride that's like nothing Eleanor sees coming. In this brilliant depiction of a woman hanging on by her fingernails, Maria Semple delivers a perfect panic of a day on which the barely tolerable, muddle-through-it desperation that so many of us have known at one time or another suddenly erupts with life-shattering force. Can an existential crisis make us laugh? Such is Semple's talent that this one does, without losing any of the punch or gravity of the hardest kinds of lived experience -- Ben Fountain, author of BRIEF ENCOUNTERS WITH CHE GUEVARA

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