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This One Is Mine
A Novel

by Maria Semple


Violet Parry was once an Emmy-winning writer.  Now she's married to her rock-and-roll manager husband, David, and is mother to Dot.  Violet is intelligent, savvy, witty, and seemingly has it all together.  After giving birth to Dot, Parry quits her job to be a stay-at-home mom with maids and a full time nanny.  She soon finds herself dissatisfied with her husband and her life in LA.  By chance she meets a dirt-poor, recovering-addict small-time bass player named Teddy Reyes and begins a friendship with him that soon becomes quite complicated.

Sally Parry, David's sister, is having dissatisfaction problems of her own.  Once on her way to becoming a great ballerina, Sally experienced complications with her diabetes that cost her part of a toe and put an end to her career.  Saddled with debts from her former boyfriend, Sally seeks out the perfect (rich) husband and has her sights set on Jeremy White, an up-and-coming TV personality.

On their quests for happiness, both Violet and Sally will make disastrous choices.  They both learn to redefine happiness and find it in the least likely of places.

Maria Semple wrote for television shows such as Arrested Development, Mad About You and EllenThis One Is Mine is her first novel, and I felt it ended in such a way that another novel may come along and pick up where this one has left off.  This One Is Mine is a well-written novel, full of wit and sharp-edged satire.

The Book

Little Brown and Company / Hachette Book Group
Fiction / Contemporary
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The Reviewer

Connie Harris
Reviewed 2009
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