Eleanor Flood is the narrator and protagonist of Today Will Be Different by Maria Semple. She’s a famous animator, middle-aged, bold but quirky with a successful hand-surgeon husband Joe and a third-grade son Timby. On a day when she decides to be her best self, and do things differently, her whims and fancies remained just that as things spiral out of her control. Timby is sent home sick and without realizing that he’s faking it, Eleanor called her husband’s office only to be told that he’s on “vacation.” To say that it shocked her would be an understatement. Then she discovered her childhood graphic memoir she wrote years ago entitled Flood Girls was missing the deadline by a long yard, eight years. Then there’s her sister Ivy who’s married to a wealthy husband in New Orleans besides several other interesting characters.
Today Will Be Different by Maria Semple is about the busyness of motherhood, workplace, family, and marriage. Author Maria Semple’s wit and humor shines through her main character Eleanor Flood, and she manages to tell the story in such an entertaining way that you don’t want to stop. I love its tone and tenor of this story that takes place in a single day in the life of a frazzled mother. There are some really captivating parts. The characters are quite well-fleshed and memorable. It is not only readable but enjoyable and hugely entertaining with laugh out louds splattered all over the book.