Today Will Be Different by Maria Semple

Published October 4, 2016

The lowdown from Goodreads

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.


*I am thrilled to announce, this review was written by our newest contributor, Jessica Bierman. Full bio & links for Jessica to follow*

How many times have you woken up and said, “Today Will Be Different”?  I will be better. I will work out & eat healthy & be nice to everyone?  The title of this book got me immediately, & when I realized it was written by the same author who wrote “Where’d You Go, Bernadette?” I was sold.

The book is set in the same world as her previous, not just in Seattle, but the same elementary school for her son and a similar social world.  The book covers one day in Eleanor Flood’s life; an increasingly overwhelmed wife, mother & former artist.  We constantly look back at her past life to see how she got here, whether it is stories of her childhood & what it was like to help raise her sister after their mother died, or her more glamorous time in New York City as an animator for a hit show she created.  Even though the reader may feel no direct comparison to Eleanor’s life, everyone know how it feels to be completely scatter-brained & overwhelmed at times. You can’t help but feel for Eleanor trying to get through the day.

I will read anything Maria Semple writes.  She creates these beautifully funny, intelligent, flawed women who are stuck in a world that is not of their creation – who feel trapped in the day-to-day minutia of being a wife & parent, & who had lives they felt were important before they took on these roles.  Sometimes her writing feels like stream of conscious, & I love it.  This book, like Where’d You Go Bernadette?, was unexpected & unlike anything else being written right now. So much fun!

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