'A beautiful book: funny, honest, revealing, heartfelt and moving' - Adam Kay, bestselling author of This is Going to Hurt'
'Vital, heartfelt and surprising, these tales from a life are told with humour, style and intelligence.' - Graham Norton
'A wonderful memoir by a glorious writer: funny, poignant, profound. I gobbled it up in one joyous sitting.' - Elizabeth Day
'An absolute jewel of a book. Gloriously readable, hilarious, painful, acute, sharply recalled and vividly brought to life' - Stephen Fry
A dazzling 'tell-most' memoir: poignant and laugh-out-loud funny scenes from the life of actor Minnie Driver.
I love stories. I have mostly told other people's but now, in telling my own, I realize how all our stories are connected by that great leveller of acclaim, loss, fortitude, and fortune: being human.
When I look at my life from the alleged halfway point, some patterns are revealed: one, that the story does not necessarily begin or end where it should; two, happy endings are overrated. And three, happy endings are almost never the end.
This book is memoir-ish. A tell-most. Largely because there's a lot I don't remember, and a lot that's not worth talking about.
So, this is a collection of stories about how things not working out - worked out in the end. How reaching for the dream is easily more interesting, expansive, sad and funny than the dream itself coming true.
I really hope you enjoy it.
Love, Minnie x
APPLE BOOKS REVIEW
With her effervescent charm bubbling off the page, actress and singer Minnie Driver delivers a fantastic portrait of her own misunderstood identity in this memoir. Recounting colourful moments from her life, including flashing the paparazzi while riding her bicycle, her turbulent audition for Good Will Hunting and being cornered by a coast guard ship while paddle-boarding in Malibu, Driver lays bare the weirdness and awkwardness of a life in Hollywood and being “metabolized by everyone as a person I didn’t recognize”. Written with wry humour and ample self-compassion, Managing Expectations is not a straightforward memoir, but rather a collection of essays with a serendipitous spirit that’s lovingly tied together by the presence of the author’s hilarious family.