A brilliant novel and instant New York Times bestseller 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.
APPLE BOOKS REVIEW
If you read Where’d You Go, Bernadette, you’re already familiar with Maria Semple’s offbeat sense of humor and razor-sharp observations about modern domestic life. Today Will Be Different is the story of Eleanor Flood, an animator who worked on a cult TV series called Looper Wash and is now languishing as a stay-at-home mother of one in Seattle. A chain of unwelcome surprises launches Eleanor on a madcap and ultimately moving quest to uncover why her surgeon husband’s been lying about his whereabouts. We were thrilled to tag along for the ride.
On the fateful day she decides to be her "best self," Eleanor Flood cult-famous cartoonist, mother, wife, cynic spirals from one catastrophe to the next. Her day quickly turns hectic when her son, Timby, comes home sick from school. Hoping his father might help, Eleanor instead begins to suspect her surgeon husband is having an affair when his receptionist acts cagey. Eleanor's ego is bruised when she realizes an underling she fired years ago is now a famous artist, she dodges calls from her publisher about a long-passed deadline for her graphic memoir, and, finally, she suffers what may be a concussion after crashing headfirst into a sculpture. The latest from Semple (Where'd You Go, Bernadette?) is a sharp, funny read, and the author injects quirky elements drawings, a comic book, photocopies of poems to add another layer of enjoyment. Though Eleanor is snarky, her troubles and growing calamities are engaging. Some of her encounters are a bit too convenient, and the trope of a "day from hell" makes for shallow interactions between characters, but Semple augments these first-person antics with third-person sections that dig deep into Eleanor's past, finding particular resonance when telling the story of Ivy, the sister Eleanor feels she has lost to a wealthy husband in New Orleans. In the end, the novel wraps up too neatly, but the ride is consistently entertaining.
I was anticipating another great novel, but was underwhelmed throughout!!!
Today Will Be Different
I have to be honest. I’m disappointed because usually I can push myself and read a book all the way through (my odd OCD tendency) but I could not with this one. It bounced around a lot and I’m not sure what path it was exactly headed toward. I got about half way with too many unanswered questions and no sense of a coursed way of where the book was heading.
This book has thee worst ending and it was so underwhelming