Today Will Be Different (Hardcover)

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Eleanor Flood, the main character, decides one day to change the way she lives her life. Easy to think it, not so easy to carry through an entire day, let alone a week, a year, a life time. All day long things go awry with hilarious results. However, this is not a book that strives to be hilarious. You won't feel like the situations are forced; they could happen to anyone. It's simply the story of a day in middle aged woman's life. Her career is stalled, she wonders if she's neglecting her husband, is she spending enough time with her son, etc etc. Even as she makes hash out of her day, she learns from it as she goes - endearing you to this character, who is living her life the best way she can. LIFE IS MESSY! What grabbed me at the end of the book was the thought "Hey, that's my life!" (minus the childhood trauma), followed by "Are we present in our own life?".

— From Today Will Be Different by Maria Semple

October 2016 Indie Next List


“With her signature writing style and matter-of-fact and honest tone, Semple can make me laugh while reading like no one else can. Truth be told, there's not much to the plot here other than Eleanor decides today will be different and, of course, everything that could possibly go wrong does go wrong. However, the simplicity of the plot is what makes this book a wonderful read for all of us who don't have it together, who forget things, and who sometimes just plain lose their cool.”
— Kristin Beverly (E), Half Price Books, Dallas, TX

Description


*In development with HBO as a series starring Julia Roberts*
* Instant
New York Times Bestseller *
Named a Notable Book of 2016 by the Washington Post, one of Amazon's Top 100 Books of the Year, one of New York Times Book Review's 100 Notable Books, one of The Guardian's Best Books of 2016, one of NPR's Best Books of 2016, a Must-Read Book of 2016 by PopSugar, one of EW's 20 Best Books of 2016, one of Glamour's Top Ten Books of the Year, and one of Kirkus Reviews' "Best 100 Fiction Books of 2016"

A brilliant novel from the author of Where'd You Go, Bernadette, about a day in the life of Eleanor Flood, forced to abandon her small ambitions and awake to a strange, new future.

Eleanor knows she's a mess. But today, she will tackle the little things. She will shower and get dressed. She will have her poetry and yoga lessons after dropping off her son, Timby. She won't swear. She will initiate sex with her husband, Joe. But before she can put her modest plan into action-life happens. Today, it turns out, is the day Timby has decided to fake sick to weasel his way into his mother's company. It's also the day Joe has chosen to tell his office-but not Eleanor-that he's on vacation. Just when it seems like things can't go more awry, an encounter with a former colleague produces a graphic memoir whose dramatic tale threatens to reveal a buried family secret.

TODAY WILL BE DIFFERENT is a hilarious, heart-filled story about reinvention, sisterhood, and how sometimes it takes facing up to our former selves to truly begin living.

About the Author


Maria Semple is the author of This One Is Mine and Where'd You Go, Bernadette, which has been translated into eighteen languages. She lives in Seattle.


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Product Details
ISBN: 9780316403436
ISBN-10: 0316403431
Publisher: Little Brown and Company
Publication Date: October 4th, 2016
Pages: 272
Language: English