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This One Is Mineby Maria Semple
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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.
"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.)
"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
"[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
"[A] sharp-witted look at having it all in L.A. and wanting more....Semple has the prime-time satire gene." Seattle Post-Intelligencer
"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
"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
"A fresh, flamboyantly witty new voice." Helen Fielding, author of Bridget Jones's Diary
"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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