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ISBN13: 9780316031165
ISBN10: 031603116x
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Violet Parry is living the quintessential life of luxury in the Hollywood Hills with David, her rock-and-roll manager husband, and her darling toddler, Dot. She has the perfect life — except that she's deeply unhappy. David expects the world of Violet but gives little of himself in return. When she meets Teddy, a roguish small-time bass player, Violet comes alive, and soon she's risking everything for the chance to find herself again.

Also in the picture are David's hilariously high-strung sister, Sally, on the prowl for a successful husband, and Jeremy, the ESPN sportscaster savant who falls into her trap. For all their recklessness, Violet and Sally will discover that David and Jeremy have a few surprises of their own.

This One Is Mine is a compassionate and wickedly funny satire about our need for more — and the often disastrous choices we make in the name of happiness.

Review:

"Former television producer and writer Semple (Arrested Development; Mad About You) bashes Hollywood celebrity, New Age nonsense and struggling relationships in this smart and funny debut. Violet Parry, who puts aside a TV writing career to have a baby and take care of the sumptuous L.A. home of her legendary impresario hubby, David, scratches a seven-year itch with D-list rocker Teddy Reyes. Yet Violet is hardly ready for the roller-coaster ride with a man who thinks only 'about my rent and my car and getting laid and staying sober.' Meanwhile, David's conniving sister, Sally, sets out to snag a rich husband, training her sights on Jeremy, a robotic sports-stats genius with a promising TV career. In one of the most hilarious sendups of New Age claptrap, David figures out if he's willing to stick around to see where Violet's wild ride will take them. Semple's takes are tack sharp as her delightful cast is driven comically and tragically ever deeper into a culture of artifice. Semple obviously knows her turf, and she does an exquisite job of stomping all over it." Publishers Weekly (Copyright Reed Business Information, Inc.)

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"Although Semple's characters may not always be likable, one still feels a desire to pull them back from the edge. Fun and engrossing light reading." Booklist

Review:

"[Semple] skillfully interweaves two different story lines showing that the choices we make in the name of happiness can affect us and those closest to us in unexpected ways. This debut novel by a former television writer is sure to be a hit with readers who like women's fiction set in upscale LA..." Library Journal

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"[A] sharp-witted look at having it all in L.A. and wanting more....Semple has the prime-time satire gene." Seattle Post-Intelligencer

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"Not many books can make me laugh and cry; Maria Semple's debut novel did both. It is wickedly funny; at times tart and bitter, other times sweet and wise." BookReporter.com

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"This funny-tender send-up of the City of Angels is marked by whip-smart dialogue, skillful plot twists and gimlet-eyed observations....This sassy and smart chronicle of greed yields generosity in the end." Kansas City Star

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"A fresh, flamboyantly witty new voice." Helen Fielding, author of Bridget Jones's Diary

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"Maria Semple's remarkable first novel isn't just a witty, sharp-edged satire about adultery, social climbing, and the absurdities of L.A. 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, author of Election and Little Children

About the Author

Maria Semple has written for television shows including Arrested Development, Mad About You, and Ellen. She has escaped from Los Angeles and lives with her family on an island off Seattle. This is her first novel.

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Beth F, May 15, 2009 (view all comments by Beth F)
Neither Violet Parry nor her husband, David, grew up with money or comfort. Neither could have imagined that they'd be living in luxury in Hollywood Hills with a gardener, pool boy, and nanny. Sally Parry, David's sister, has always felt like an outsider and has always wanted to be rich and loved.

Sally and Violet seem to be on inversely related paths. The richer and happier Violet is, the more in debt and more alone Sally becomes. Then one day their fates seem to reverse. Sally meets Jeremy, an up-and-coming sports commentator, and Violet meets Teddy, an ex-junkie, down-and-out bass player.

Both women seem to be out of control on their crazy pursuit of what they are sure will make them happy. Just when Sally knows she has everything she has ever dreamed of, all their lives begin to change forever, but not according to plan.

The convergence of Hollywood's rich and famous, hot new properties, wannabes, and never-will-bes is at the heart of Semple's debut novel. This is not just another book about a rich woman feeling unfulfilled or a gold-digger thinking she's finally found the bank. Violet and Sally make choices that most of us would question, but it's where those choices take them that drives the story.

Through humor and a unabashed take on LA life, Semple explores how even the clueless can reach the place where they want what they have, keep what they love, and accept who they are. Throughout the book, we are treated to a fabulous cast of characters, who seem to rise just enough above stereotype to be believable but close enough to the line to let us laugh along with them.

The double-sided look into the interactions among the characters, whether within the same economic class or between classes, was a treat. Few people see themselves as others do, and in the often-shallow relationships of the Hollywood crowd, the discrepancy can be amusing.

This One Is Mine was a bit of slow start for me because I was sure I knew where Violet and Sally were headed. But the women's stories and those of the people who surround them are more complex than expected. The characters were motivated by deeper issues than simple instant gratification, and their growth and self-realizations led to a satisfying end.
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michaelsean, May 7, 2009 (view all comments by michaelsean)
I must admit this a departure from my normal literary genre. This One is Mine by Maria Semple is not at all the chick lit book I thought it would be. Ms.Semple has previously written for such prestigious television shows such as Arrested Development, Mad About You, and Ellen. Now, if I am being honest, that probably worked against her for me as I did not have a positive view of any of those shows. Nor has that changed. However, the quality of her written word in this novel is impeccable. I can forgive her sitcom indiscretions.

This One is Mine is written from the perspective of Violet Parry. She is an intelligent former career woman who has married well and slipped into a life of boredom sprinkled with new age cliche-sauce (yoga & RIE parenting to name a few). She is married to the famous David Parry who is a music manager extraordinaire who proudly earned, "8 million dollars last year." Somewhere along the line Violet loses her way and begins to spiral out of her perfect marriage with the reluctant help of one Teddy Reyes, a bass player with no future and a whole lot of luggage.

Ultimately it all comes together nicely at the end of the book. I was expecting some vapid Hollywood BS when I opened this book and was pleased to read such a well written novel. This book has a lot working against it when I opened it. I am pleased to say I am a convert. Bravo to Ms. Semple and her debut novel. I am eagerly anticipating her next one.
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Product Details

ISBN:
9780316031165
Publisher:
Little Brown and Company
Subject:
Music trade
Author:
Semple, Maria
Subject:
Adultery
Subject:
General
Subject:
Domestic fiction
Publication Date:
December 2008
Binding:
Hardcover
Language:
English
Illustrations:
Y
Pages:
289
Dimensions:
9.30x6.10x1.20 in. 1.10 lbs.

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Product details 289 pages Little Brown and Company - English 9780316031165 Reviews:
"Publishers Weekly Review" by , "Former television producer and writer Semple (Arrested Development; Mad About You) bashes Hollywood celebrity, New Age nonsense and struggling relationships in this smart and funny debut. Violet Parry, who puts aside a TV writing career to have a baby and take care of the sumptuous L.A. home of her legendary impresario hubby, David, scratches a seven-year itch with D-list rocker Teddy Reyes. Yet Violet is hardly ready for the roller-coaster ride with a man who thinks only 'about my rent and my car and getting laid and staying sober.' Meanwhile, David's conniving sister, Sally, sets out to snag a rich husband, training her sights on Jeremy, a robotic sports-stats genius with a promising TV career. In one of the most hilarious sendups of New Age claptrap, David figures out if he's willing to stick around to see where Violet's wild ride will take them. Semple's takes are tack sharp as her delightful cast is driven comically and tragically ever deeper into a culture of artifice. Semple obviously knows her turf, and she does an exquisite job of stomping all over it." Publishers Weekly (Copyright Reed Business Information, Inc.)
"Review" by , "Although Semple's characters may not always be likable, one still feels a desire to pull them back from the edge. Fun and engrossing light reading."
"Review" by , "[Semple] skillfully interweaves two different story lines showing that the choices we make in the name of happiness can affect us and those closest to us in unexpected ways. This debut novel by a former television writer is sure to be a hit with readers who like women's fiction set in upscale LA..."
"Review" by , "[A] sharp-witted look at having it all in L.A. and wanting more....Semple has the prime-time satire gene."
"Review" by , "Not many books can make me laugh and cry; Maria Semple's debut novel did both. It is wickedly funny; at times tart and bitter, other times sweet and wise."
"Review" by , "This funny-tender send-up of the City of Angels is marked by whip-smart dialogue, skillful plot twists and gimlet-eyed observations....This sassy and smart chronicle of greed yields generosity in the end."
"Review" by , "A fresh, flamboyantly witty new voice."
"Review" by , "Maria Semple's remarkable first novel isn't just a witty, sharp-edged satire about adultery, social climbing, and the absurdities of L.A. 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."
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