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Phoenix Fiction MMP July @ £7.99 320pp 978 1 7802 2193 9 eBoook: : £7.99 / 978 1 7802 2228 8

‘A love story with real thorns and a heroine you will weep for’ – James Salter



The debut novel by Maria Semple, author of the hilarious, Women’s Prize for Fiction shortlisted, Where’d You Go, Bernadette. Before there was Bernadette Fox, there was Violet Parry. Maria Semple’s debut novel, This One Is Mine, takes us to the Hollywood Hills where Violet lives the quintessential life of luxury. She has everything: a beautiful house, a darling toddler and a rock‘n’roll manager husband. But what she wants is Teddy Reyes, a shady musician with a highly evolved sexuality. Her sister-in-law, Sally Parry, is thin and pretty, but that’s all she’s got apart from credit card debt. What she wants is a little of what Violet has. Fired by an all-consuming sexual obsession, Violet starts to pursue Teddy just as Sally finally gets a man with prospects in her life. As the ripples from Violet’s increasingly frenzied decisions spiral ever wider, life starts to get seriously out of hand for the Parry family. With all the wit and warmth of Where’d You Go, Bernadette, This One Is Mine is a sparkling novel about the disastrous choices we make in the name of happiness. ‘Maria Semple’s remarkable first novel isn’t just a witty, sharp-edged satire about adultery, social climbing, and the absurdities of LA. On a deeper level, This One Is Mine is a complex, unexpectedly moving story about the risks and rewards of love, in all its irrational glory’ Tom Perrotta Maria Semple worked as a television writer for fifteen years on a number of hit shows, including Ellen, Saturday Night Live, Mad About You and Arrested Development.


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Phoenix Fiction • July 2014