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.
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©2016 Maria Semple (P)2016 Hachette Audio
This was a fun story to listen to, even if I have no idea what the point really was.
The narrator made some choices for the characters that I think would have sounded much differently in my head if I were reading the book. Sometimes I think she made characters sound more shallow and crazy than the words sounded to me. There were also at least 3 three blatant mispronunciations of words. (Not faulting the narrator, but I always wonder how those sneak past editors and such.)
Having said that, I did laugh out loud at some of it, especially her super-annoying portrayal of Timby. I swear that's how my kids sound on my worst days. And the things he said - so spot on for a typical kid in 2010s that I thought he might be my kids' classmate.
All in all, interesting, entertaining, and weird.
This is a ridiculous book, I adored Where'd you go Bernadette and this book does not compare. I found this boring and miserable to follow. Eleanor, the protagonist, is impossible to connect with. The writing is no where near the caliber of Where'd you go Bernadette. Also, this book is peppered with not so subtle propaganda. If I were you, I would save my credit to avoid a colossal let down!
The story was all over the place. I didnt get bast the 2nd chapter.
Too scatterbrained of a character. I get what the author was trying to do but the story was not interesting at all.
I loved Where'd you go Bernadette, and I feel that this has great potential, but it wanders around and then overall wraps up quite sharply. There are so many asides here that its hard to find the main thread of the plot. I preferred some of the asides, and overall think that Eleanor is someone I would dislike in real life. Her mental wanderings drove me crazy!
She keeps the voices of the main characters distinct, which I think would be tricky, and she keep the story moving along quickly.
The first minute of the audiobook says that it contains a mac and PC compatible pdf file of drawings. Audible does not give you that file, and technical support did not believe me. I was very annoyed by this.
Like she got bored and just wanted to wrap it up. Quit before the last 30 and make your own ending.
I love Maria Semple's previous books, and loved this one too.
But this narrator! How do I describe her? At times she was brilliant, but at other times her performance really detracted from the story. The narrator's son Timby may have been a normal kid if I read the paper version, but instead his voice was a mix of whine and high-pitched nasally French horn. Kids don't sound like that! The poet in the story had a hokey southern accent despite the fact that the story was set in Seattle. A posh modern artist sounded like a 1940's Brooklyn gangster. And worst of all, a disabled man in a wheelchair was made to sound like he had an intellectual, rather than physical, disability.
The narrator was often spectacular and I'm sure she is talented. Maybe the producer convinced her to use these exaggerated and frankly strange voices? In any case, I wish she hadn't.
It was somewhat entertaining, but too close a shadow of "Where'd You Go, Bernadette?", without a great plot. I truly loved Bernadette. I hosted our book club with Bernadette, and it was one of our happiest meetings ever.
Yes. She has wonderful, biting wit in general and such a way with children's dialogue and a personal way of interpreting the thoughts and actions of mothers who have or had serious professions -- along the ilk of Liane Moriarty, but in Seattle and with more laughter. Still, this particular book needed a fresher theme.
Oh, she's perfect for these books. 5 star all the way.
No, not at all. I just want her "child" to grow up a bit & have the heroine move on a little bit...new turf. What if they had to head up the new tech/art/legal business in the Asian region, etc. and move to an international school....Maria Semple's observations of people are priceless.
Encourage Maria to move up to the problems of a high school? Move across country? Dye her character's hair? Who knows? But, don't change her sometimes biting comments on her fellow citizens - those are priceless.
Narratively inventive, Self-deprecating , "honest."
Honestly the Story was bit Anti-Climactic. This entire novel built up to a moment that was utterly the most underwhelming 'internal conflict' between a Woman and the life she has had with her sister and her own husband. Perhaps by design, the novel seemed to leave a lot of what we learn about Eleanor completely unresolved- the opportunity for a series or sequel. Lastly, in my opinion, parts of the story could be described as a bit preachy and narrow minded.
Does not Apply. BUT absolutely fantastic performance!
Wife loses herself in her thoughts of her past and believes she's lost her only source stability; her husband.
The Performance on this is truely fantastic- literally one of the only reason i continued to the end. Had I picked the book up on my own, most likely i would not have finished it for lack of interest at a certain point in the story. The way the Author navigates between past and present, i must admit, was very inventive and enjoyable. I WOULD read another one of this Author's Stories for her writing skill; just did not like the story itself.
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