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Today Will Be Different: From the bestselling author of Where'd You Go, Bernadette

Maria Semple


9780297871460

Weidenfeld & Nicolson


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


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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: 222mm,  Width: 152mm,  Spine: 22mm
Weight:   384g
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.


In her latest brainy, seriously funny novel, private school parents, a husband's secret life and more confront a Seattle woman * Editors' Choice, New York Times Book Review * 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 Today Will Be Different is a sublimely funny and inventive novel driven by Maria Semple's razor-sharp observations and a voice that leaps from the page -- Jess Walter, author of Beautiful Ruins Fans of Bernadette will recognize Semple's propulsive and satirical dialogue -- Trine Tsouderos * Chicago Tribune * Today Will Be Different starts off as a funny, rant-y novel and becomes, by its end, an unexpectedly heartfelt exploration of a woman's inner life. (And yes, it's still funny.) -- Moira Macdonald * Seattle Times * Crackling with honesty and heart -- Jarry Lee * BuzzFeed * Written with Semple's hilarity-cum-sincerity, Eleanor grapples with the past to reconcile her future and makes readers smile -- Steph Opitz * Marie Claire * Brisk, amusing and engaging, and Semple is a champion observer of the human condition -- Connie Ogle * Miami Herald * A zesty, memorable novel -- Suzy Feay * Guardian * Wickedly funny... Semple's trademark dark humor and knack for creating a page-turning story out of socially awkward interactions will make this one you can't put down - and won't want to -- Adam Rathe * Town and Country * Quirky and blade-sharp -- Tina Jordan and Isabella Biedenharn * Entertainment Weekly * A vivid, hilarious, remarkably compact book - 271 pages' worth of crisp observations and occasionally too-close-to-home truths about modern relationships. And it's anchored by a gorgeous scrapbook-slash-mini-graphic novel -- Brian Raftery * Wired * Deliciously mucky mayhem * San Francisco Chronicle * Semple brilliantly conveys a whole array of angst - self-deprecation and existential dread and a panic attack of neuroses - while simultaneously packing in a liberal dose of levity... It's a joy to watch Eleanor struggle to change for the better. That we get to laugh along with her is an added bonus -- Maris Kreizman * Los Angeles Times * Outrageously funny. But [Today Will Be Different] cuts closer to the bone than Bernadette did, and its main character's problems feel more real.... Ms. Semple is an immensely appealing writer, and there's something universal in her heroine's efforts to get a handle on a life spinning out of control. We may not all have long-lost sisters who live in the most crazily status-obsessed corners of the South, but we surely know what she means about waking up each dawn with new resolve that melts by midmorning -- Janet Maslin * New York Times * A little bit wacky and always wise, and we recognize people we know - including ourselves - on every page -- Elisabeth Egan * Glamour * Loopy, deeply and darkly funny, and brave... Semple is a master of the social skewer, boldly impolite and impolitic... Eleanor is as sharp and Semple-esque as they come, which is to say a delightful danger to herself and others, sympathetic, and so very smart -- Elinor Lipman * Washington Post * Readers who devoured Where'd You Go, Bernadette will love Eleanor [Flood]'s wry voice and dark humor -- Kim Hubbard * People * Writing a comedy novel that manages to connect emotionally is no easy task, but Semple knocks it out of the park. Today Will Be Different is hilarious, moving and written perfectly, and it makes a good case for Semple as one of America's best living comic novelists -- Michael Schaub * NPR.org * Another tour de force... The success of this poetic, seriously funny and brainy dream of a novel - 'Mrs. Dalloway Takes Laughing Gas', perhaps - has to do with Maria Semple's range of riffs and preoccupations. All kinds of details, painful and perverse and deeply droll, cling to her heroine and are appraised and examined and skewered and simply wondered at. If that's considered a trick, readers of Semple's novel will be overjoyed to fall for it -- Meg Wolitzer * New York Times Book Review * Semple has mastered the intersection of sad and nuts like no one else.... Like a cross between Jonathan Franzen's The Corrections, the best episides of Bob's Burgers, and the private journal of the smartest, most irritable woman you know, Today Will Be Different is a reckless and scattershot work of genius -- Heather Havrilesky * Bookforum * this witty novel is a life-affirming read. * CLOSER * Captivating, right up to the final twist. * GRAZIA * her narrative oozes stylistic originality * i NEWSPAPER * an entertaining book to while away a few hours. * SUNDAY EXPRESS * This waspishness selfishness is a clever mask, but Semple has a knack of teasing out the warmth behind it. * FINANCIAL TIMES * Clever, funny and silly * PSYCHOLOGIES * 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 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 So unique, so smart, so funny, so beautifully humane, so utterly of our times, it's astonishing -- Gillian Flynn, author of GONE GIRL 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 Whipsmart, dazzling, darkly comic and deeply touching. I loved it! -- Marian Keyes sees Semple once again writing about a difficult woman with gleeful empathy and humour that can turn on a knife edge to heartbreak * RED * 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 * With its sparky gags and quirky cast of characters, never has a meltdown been so entertaining * GLAMOUR * There are some good lines and more than a few laughs, plus occasional pungent observations on life * DAILY MAIL * 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 * 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 * 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 *

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