Today Will Be Better [Maria Semple]

Start Date: 8 March 2020

Finish Date: 9 March 2020

Source: National Library Board, Singapore Hardcover

Goodreads link.

Goodreads Summary:

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.

Notes:

  • I’d loved Where’d You Go, Bernadette so much that I picked this up as soon as I saw it being displayed prominently in the library. This has some of the same themes: being a stay-at-home mom in Seattle, some amount of guilt at a career foregone, precociously wise children, and things spiraling out of control in a very funny way. It’s not as well crafted as Where’d You Go, Bernadette, but the sting in the climax is perhaps even funnier / more devastating.
  • There was one chapter in there – which I forgot to make a note of – that I thought was the best in the book – about how New Orleans society has impeccable manners, and then a few paragraphs later, that is torn down completely, with the character’s behaviour directly contradicting everything that original paragraph had said.
  • This reminded me a bit too much of the subreddits about toxic families, which is perhaps a sign that I’m spending too much time there. (It’s not even like I have a toxic family and need advice – I’m there purely for judgement and schadenfreude.)

 

 

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