Today Will Be Different
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Today Will Be Different


A genius 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 when she awakes to a strange, new future unfolding.

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.

Title:Today Will Be Different
Format Type:Hardcover
Number of Pages:259 pages

    Today Will Be Different Reviews

  • Laura
    Jun 14, 2016

    DEJA VU, so much deja vu...This is a (sort of) sequel to Where'd You Go Bernadette, and there are several similarities between the two.The protagonist, Bernadette Eleanor, is a wildly talented middle-...

  • Jessica
    Oct 14, 2016

    I think I'm the only person in the world who thought Let It Go was kind of a bland song. (stick with me for a second, there's a point here)There was a moment in time when everyone, and not just tweens...

  • Jill
    Jul 18, 2016

    Forget about Where’d You Go, Bernadette. On second thought, don’t forget about it. There are certain similarities: the Seattle setting, the razor-sharp wisecracks, the punchy humor, the precocious...

  • Diane
    Oct 24, 2016

    I had been enjoying the first part of this novel, and then about halfway through I abruptly hit a wall where the quirkiness and mania and frenzied story jumping got so aggravating that I abandoned the...

  • Malia
    Dec 26, 2016

    Where'd You Go Bernadette was one of my favorites last year, so my expectations for Today Will Be Different were admittedly quite high, which may be the reason I felt more disappointed than I would ha...

  • Rincey
    Oct 01, 2016

    This book is kind of clunky and with all of the flashbacks, I felt like I was constantly having to get my bearings in this book. But it is a quick read, still has that Maria Semple wit, and has a lot ...

  • Aaron Hartzler
    Sep 15, 2016

    I read this book twice in a row: the first time weeping with laughter and slack-jawed in wonder; the second time so I could try to figure out Maria Semple does it. I didn't. I think she was just born ...

  • Cindy Burnett
    Nov 29, 2016

    Today Will Be Different is an interesting read. Semple’s last book, Where’d You Go, Bernadette, was laugh-out-loud funny and very entertaining. I was hoping that Today Will Be Different would be t...

  • Jessica Woodbury
    Jul 19, 2016

    We can argue about whether the voice in Today Will Be Different is too similar to Where'd You Go Bernadette. Some people probably want that voice back and others are tired of it. But ultimately they a...

  • Cher
    Oct 20, 2016

    2.5 stars - It was alright, an average book.A family drama that is rather run of the mill and a bit forgettable, unfortunately. The only parts that really stood out to me as interesting where those su...