Today Will be Different
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.