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.
Maria gives an overview of the book:
Maria Semple was born in 1964 and spent her first two years in Spain where her father had gone to write a play, but instead ended up writing the pilot for the TV series Batman. They packed up for Los Angeles, where Maria mainly remembers being driven around the hills in a...
This One Is Mine
By Maria Semple
Little Brown, 303 pages, $24.99
A veteran TV comedy writer, recently relocated to Seattle, concocts a sharp-witted look at having it all...
Los Angeles never looked so rich or so poor as it does in This One Is Mine.
This funny-tender send-up of the City of Angels is marked by whip-smart dialogue, skillful plot twists and gimlet-eyed...