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This One is Mine by Maria Semple
  

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Maria Semple’s second book, Where’d You Go Bernadette? was one of my favourite books of 2012. This is her first novel, republished for recent fans to enjoy. It’s lovely, not as brilliant as Bernadette but if I had read this one first I’m sure I would have appreciated it more. It’s a tale of adultery, of little miss rich girl being attracted to a bit of rough and risking all her privileges because she is bored and of singleton Sally needing a rich husband. It is beautifully done, lovely humour, tongue-in-cheek LA lifestyle portrayed in a tragic black comedy

If you like Maria Semple you might also like to read books by Paul Torday, Emma Jane Unsworth and Jennifer Egan.

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Synopsis

This One is Mine by Maria Semple

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 - but 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 sportscaster savant who falls into her trap.

Reviews

'In this novel by the author of Where'd You Go, Bernadette, risks run high as emotions. We fell in love with well-off but unhappily-married heroine Violet, who falls for roguish musician Teddy' COSMOPOLITAN

About the Author

Maria Semple

Maria Semple worked as a television writer in Los Angeles for fifteen years, working on hit shows including Ellen, Saturday Night Live, Mad About You and Arrested Development. Her first novel, This One is Mine, was described as 'shocking, memorable, scathing, funny, delightful, hilarious and exquisite'. She lives in Seattle.

Author photo © Elke Van de Velde

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Book Info

Publication date

29th July 2014

Author

Maria Semple

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Publisher

Weidenfeld & Nicolson an imprint of Orion Publishing Co

Format

Paperback
320 pages

Categories

Literary Fiction
Relationship Stories
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Modern & contemporary fiction (post c 1945)

ISBN

9781780221939

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