W&N Literary Fiction Hb / ETPb October 2016 £14.99 / £13.99 272pp 978 0 297 87145 3 / 978 0 297 87146 0 ebook: £14.99 / 978 0 297 87147 7 Audio: £19.99 / 978 1 409 16166 0 / 9 hours
‘So unique, so smart, so funny, so beautifully humane, so utterly of our times, it’s astonishing’ – Gillian Flynn
MARIA SEMPLE Today Will be Different
From the author of bestselling Where’d You Go, Bernadette: meet Eleanor Flood, who wakes up one day determined to be her best self.
Eleanor Flood is going to clean up her act: only change into yoga clothes for yoga, which today she will actually attend, and be a better version of herself. but then, as it always does, life happens. Eleanor’s husband is missing, and their son, Timby, is wearing eye shadow to school and getting into fashion battles on the playground. (It’s true that it’s Eleanor’s fault – she did put makeup in his Christmas stocking.) Just when it seems like things can’t get weirder or more in the way of Eleanor’s personal transformation, a graphic memoir called The Flood Sisters surfaces, and the dramatic story it tells reveals long-buried secrets and a sister to whom Eleanor never speaks.
With all the artistic madness, genius plotting and bold social observation that made Where’d You Go, Bernadette a hit, Today Will Be Different is a hilarious and heart-filled day-in-the-life romp filtered through Maria Semple’s brilliant eye.
The novel features a set of full-colour original illustrations by Eric Chase Anderson (brother of Wes).
• The film adaptation of Where’d You Go, Bernadette, directed by richard linklater, is underway.
Maria semple worked as a television writer in Los Angeles for fifteen years, working on hit shows including Ellen, Saturday Night Live, Mad About You and Arrested Development. Her first novel, This One is Mine, was described by reviewers as ‘shocking, memorable, scathing, funny, delightful, hilarious and exquisite’.
Location: Seattle, USA Available for interview mariasemple.com f/authorMariasemple
W&N Fiction • October 2016