by Maria Semple
Reviewed by Janet:
Eleanor Flood vows to herself that today will be different – she will be present, play a game with her son, take pride in her appearance, radiate calm, and be her best self. Yet throughout the day, events arise that fly in the face of her morning vow and threaten to disrupt even her regular messy life. This funny, wild ride of a story entertains while exploring the angst of middle age and the need to face up to the past in order to live fully in the present.