To­day Will be Dif­fer­ent

Australian Women’s Weekly NZ - - BOOKS - by Maria Sem­ple, Ha­chette.

This book, a day in the life of Eleanor Flood, rol­licks along so amus­ingly, I read it in one night. She’s an or­di­nary wife and mother with an ex­traor­di­nar­ily droll out­look. Life is messy and she sets small goals like, “To­day I’ll take pride in my ap­pear­ance. I’ll shower, get dressed in proper clothes and only change into yoga clothes for yoga, which to­day I will ac­tu­ally at­tend.” Yet this day is chaotic, dredg­ing up painful mem­o­ries and fears, which Eleanor han­dles with char­ac­ter­is­tic ham-fist­ed­ness. Her lit­tle boy, Timby, is her side­kick and they’re the best comic duo I’ve seen in lit­er­a­ture for a while. If you’ve ever felt an­gry with your child and an­gry for feel­ing an­gry at your child, or thought the only thing sweeter than see­ing a friend is that friend can­celling, you’ve found a kin­dred spirit in Eleanor Flood.

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