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--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.
I always appreciated the hardcover, the painting seems like something wonderful you would see from the 1940s or something. But I could see with it being rather original that maybe some people wouldn't pick it up for maybe fear of it not being contemporary or even fiction. So I understand the switch to the paperback, but really I feel like I've seen that cover a zillion times. I like covers like that but it doesn't really separate this book from the crowd. Sort of one extreme to the other.
Thanks to Bermudaonion who also noticed this H vs. P!
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I've read this book and I think the hardcover suits the story better. Thanks for the shout out!ReplyDelete
Thanks for the review/recommendation, as this looks like a book I'd enjoy reading. I also love the cover and am suddenly craving sweets! :)ReplyDelete
notesfromnadir- I've not read this book, but it does sound interesting!ReplyDelete
I really like the paperback version of this book.ReplyDelete
Personally, I have not read the story but if I had a choice of which one to buy... I'd think I like the paperback cover art better.ReplyDelete