Today Will Be Different
Today Will Be Different is a woman’s day-long odyssey that begins with a goal of semi-mindfulness.
Eleanor is a flighty middle-aged woman with a seemingly normal life in Seattle. The book takes place over one day, in which her son, Timby, fakes being sick to get out of school and Eleanor’s husband goes missing. Eleanor traverses the city, with some of her childhood and early adulthood memories coming back to haunt her.
Today Will Be Different is an uncomfortably funny book. While flashbacks show moments between Eleanor and her sister, Ivy, those moments are cut with almost slapstick comedy. Eleanor drops her phone into a bait bucket after receiving an unnerving phone call. She swipes an insufferable mother’s keys because she can, and when she tries to anonymously return them, the situation turns into a bigger deal than it needed to be. Each scene thrums with tension and anxiety, and there’s no saying which scenes will end with nervous humor or unspeakable tragedy.
Maria Semple’s novel is fast paced, heartfelt, funny, and thoroughly enjoyable. Mothers who feel like they never quite have it all together will be able to relate.
Little, Brown and Company