This One Is Mine by Maria Semple
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Will they be disappointed? Almost certainly. It's not that This One Is Mine isn't enjoyable because it often is: a couple of its set pieces – a trip to a parenting class, an extreme yoga weekend – had me snorting into my tea. But it never comes close to reaching the singular heights of Bernadette...
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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.
 

About Maria Semple

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Maria Semple's first novel, This One is Mine, was set in Los Angeles, where she also wrote for television shows including Arrested Development, Mad About You, and Ellen. She escaped from Los Angeles and lives with her family in Seattle, where her second novel takes place.
 
Published November 7, 2008 by Little, Brown and Company. 332 pages
Genres: Mystery, Thriller & Suspense, Literature & Fiction. Fiction
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Reviewed by Rachel Cooke on Jul 27 2014

Will they be disappointed? Almost certainly. It's not that This One Is Mine isn't enjoyable because it often is: a couple of its set pieces – a trip to a parenting class, an extreme yoga weekend – had me snorting into my tea. But it never comes close to reaching the singular heights of Bernadette...

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