Today Will Be Different: From the bestselling author of Where'd You Go, Bernadette Paperback – June 29, 2017
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- Publisher : Weidenfeld & Nicolson (June 29, 2017)
- Language : English
- Paperback : 272 pages
- ISBN-10 : 1780227337
- ISBN-13 : 978-1780227337
- Item Weight : 9.9 ounces
- Dimensions : 6.06 x 0.87 x 7.76 inches
- Best Sellers Rank: #1,151,569 in Books (See Top 100 in Books)
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I was so disappointed in "Today Will Be Different." It just doesn't live up to the hype, especially after the brilliance that was 'Where'd You Go, Bernadette?' Yes, it's sharp-witted and kind of interesting in an offbeat way, but it's also cartoonish. Entirely implausible. Like watching a circus on LSD.
Reframe the perspective a bit and Eleanor's behavior isn't "cute" fodder for a story but rather shameful negligence of an unfit mother.
I won't give away the ending except to say that it didn't connect. It felt very contrived. Wish I hadn't spent the money on this book. Should have borrowed it from the library instead.
I never quite understood how old Timby (?? The story of how he got his name is ridiculous) is, but maybe I just missed it...
The writing style - going from first person, to third person in the ungodly extended flashbacks, back to first person, seemed awkward. But even more than that, I just found Eleanor unlikeable, and unrelatable (which is particularly odd because I suspect that I am roughly her age, with a similar once-amazing-now-stalled career, and mommy to an elementary-age child). I couldn't imagine myself taking ANY of the actions she takes. It just came across as forced and farcical. I wanted to badly to like this since the concept seemed great, but I just can't recommend this one.
I wish the author could have made better use of the intertextuality of the comic book illustrations as well as the 2 poems Eleanor is studying with her tutor-poet- UW-adjunct-faculty, and part-time Costco employee. While that may have taken away from the few funny episodes, it could have provided more depth to the characters and connected this reader more with the seriousness of Eleanor’s inner crisis, her personal and professional struggles through poignant moments like when Eleanor tells her son Timby during a visit to an art installation, “I don’t mean to ruin the ending for you, sweet child, but life is one long headwind. To make any kind of impact requires self-will bordering on madness. The world will be hostile, it will be suspicious of your intent, it will misinterpret you, it will pack you with doubt, it will flatter you into self-sabotage—My God, I’m making it sound so glamorous and personal! What the world is, more than anything? It’s indifferent.” The novel unfolding over the course of a single eventful day, when Eleanor vows that today will be different could have provided a more nuanced character than the woman on the verge of madness. It tries to navigate the strait between funny and tragic, but unfortunately, it didn’t attain either for me.