Synopses & Reviews
"Maria Semple takes on the follies of the posh life in Los Angeles in her sharp, funny first novel....THIS ONE IS MINE is a delight."
"A fresh, flamboyantly witty new voice."--Helen Fielding, author of Bridget Jones's Diary
"Maria Semple writes like a cross between Dorothy Parker and Nathaniel West. This One Is Mine
is an uncompromising and trenchantly funny portrait of Los Angeles
life that rings uncomfortably true."--Darren Star, creator of ?Sex and the City?
"This delightful novel gives pleasure on every page."--Phillip Lopate, author of The Art of the Personal Essay
"Once I started this book, I couldn't put it down. It is funny, carefully observed, beautifully written, very knowing and in general a real treat. Stop wondering which book to buy. Buy this one."--Merrill Markoe, author of Walking in Circles
"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
"This is a love story with real thorns and a heroine you will weep for."--James Salter, author of Light Years and Last Night
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.
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.