Today Will Be Different by Maria SempleToday Will Be Different by Maria Semple

Today Will Be Different

byMaria Semple

Hardcover | October 4, 2016

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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.
Maria Semple is the author of This One Is Mine and Where'd You Go, Bernadette, which has been translated into eighteen languages. She lives in Seattle.
Title:Today Will Be DifferentFormat:HardcoverDimensions:272 pages, 9.5 × 6.5 × 1 inPublished:October 4, 2016Publisher:Little, Brown And CompanyLanguage:English

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ISBN - 10:0316403431

ISBN - 13:9780316403436

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Rated 2 out of 5 by from Hard to finish I took this book on vacation with me after seeing it on a must read list, and in general I found the story quite boring. The main character is irrational and frankly annoying. After reading half of it I decided to just quickly finish it so I could move on to the next book, but found the ending mundane and not worth the time.
Date published: 2018-08-27
Rated 3 out of 5 by from Average read There were both good and bad features of Today Will Be Different, which ultimately cancelled each other out to make up an incredibly neutral book. This isn’t a book I’d recommend to anyone in particular, yet if I saw someone pick it off the shelf I wouldn’t run to swat it out of their hand.
Date published: 2018-08-11
Rated 4 out of 5 by from Great Story Today Will Be Different is more serious and darker than Where'd You Go, Bernadette, which is why I believe I enjoyed the quirky, fun and carefree sense of feeling from those characters. However, I really enjoyed Today Will Be Different, not comparing the authors standalone books together. It's one of those books that I kept thinking about days after finishing it and after thinking about it and reflecting on the complicated story, I understood it so much more.
Date published: 2018-04-27
Rated 5 out of 5 by from Light hearted fun read I loved it and would 100% read again. It is no english lit book but if all you are looking for are shits and giggles then it delivers. I see a lot of reviews talking about Where'd you go Bernadette? So now I have to read that!
Date published: 2017-10-19
Rated 3 out of 5 by from Doesn't compare to Bernadette A good, interesting story and a protagonist that refuses to be categorized. But this is nowhere near the wonder and depth of "Where'd You Go Bernadette." Still, a solid effort.
Date published: 2017-09-26
Rated 3 out of 5 by from Good but.... This book was enjoyable to a point. I just felt like it never went anywhere with the story. I still enjoyed it, but I didn't like it as much as 'Bernadette' - that being said, I will definitely by whatever she's selling!
Date published: 2017-05-28
Rated 5 out of 5 by from Loving This! Almost finished this...flying through it because it is so charming & funny. Even moving in spots. #plumreview
Date published: 2017-05-24
Rated 5 out of 5 by from Say Yes to Maria! If you liked "Where'd you go, Bernadette", you'll love this one.
Date published: 2017-03-16
Rated 2 out of 5 by from Ok read This book was ok to read, I think part of my dissappointment was that I hyped the book up before reading it. I read the synopsis in the bookstore and was hooked there, it seemed to be an interesting read. My other reason for picking up this book was because I loved reading Where'd You go Bernadette? I loved that book in comparison to this one. It took me quite a while to get into this book and I almost gave up on it at one point... the writing is pretty erratic and jumps around a lot.. which seems to be the authors style. This time, it didn't have the same effect on me.. maybe I had more problems with the plot itself.
Date published: 2017-03-03
Rated 5 out of 5 by from Better than Where'd you go Bernadette I think most people will either love this or hate it. Personally I really enjoyed it. Though slow at some places, it shows a gradual increase in character developemnt
Date published: 2017-02-21
Rated 3 out of 5 by from A fun read. I enjoyed this story of Eleanor's day. Maria Semple can write a fun, challenged person wonderfully well. She manages to mix fun into serious and come out with a interesting, quirky mix of characters and storyline. The zaniness was fun, the characters were great, the interactions were humorous but some of the issues weren't resolved, I least, not as much as I would have liked, I think. An interesting, fun read.
Date published: 2017-01-15
Rated 5 out of 5 by from Better than Where'd You Go Bernadette I really enjoyed Where'd You Go but I thought this was even better. The character was strange but also realistic. The author was able to bring the readers into her point of view and kind of see things from a different perspective!
Date published: 2016-12-19
Rated 4 out of 5 by from A little Over rated But I am always a sucker for a novel about a strong witty female who embraces her flaws.
Date published: 2016-12-01
Rated 3 out of 5 by from Not bad Very similar to Where'd You Go, Bernadette. Not a bad read but a bit hard to follow.
Date published: 2016-11-15

Editorial Reviews

"an irresistibly funny portrait of a woman who refuses to give up on love"-Moira McDonald, Seattle Times