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This One Is Mine

A Novel

Maria Semple


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Other Editions of This Title:
Digital Audiobook (4/1/2013)
Mass Market (12/20/2016)
Hardcover (12/1/2008)

January 2009 Indie Next List

“This funny and poignant story of relationships in Hollywood is fun to read, with characters who beg to be discussed, and it really captivated me. What a great book club pick!”
— Lynda Schultz, Explore Booksellers & Bistro, Aspen, CO
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Violet Parry is living the quintessential life of luxury in the Hollywood Hills with David, her rock-and-roll manager husband, and her darling toddler, Dot. She has the perfect life -- except that she's deeply unhappy. David expects the world of Violet but gives little of himself in return.

When she meets Teddy, a roguish small-time bass player, Violet comes alive, and soon she's risking everything for the chance to find herself again. Also in the picture are David's hilariously high-strung sister, Sally, on the prowl for a successful husband, and Jeremy, the ESPN sportscaster savant who falls into her trap.

For all their recklessness, Violet and Sally will discover that David and Jeremy have a few surprises of their own. This One is Mine is a compassionate and wickedly funny satire about our need for more -- and the often disastrous choices we make in the name of happiness.

Praise For This One Is Mine: A Novel

"Maria Semple takes on the follies of the posh life in Los Angeles in her sharp, funny first novel....THIS ONE IS MINE is a delight." —Boston Globe

"A fresh, flamboyantly witty new voice."
Helen Fielding, author of Bridget Jones's Diary, -

"Maria Semple writes like a cross between Dorothy Parker and Nathaniel West. This One Is Mine is an uncompromising and trenchantly funny portrait of Los Angeles life that rings uncomfortably true."—Darren Star, creator of ?Sex and the City?, -

"This delightful novel gives pleasure on every page."
Phillip Lopate, author of The Art of the Personal Essay, -

"Once I started this book, I couldn't put it down. It is funny, carefully observed, beautifully written, very knowing and in general a real treat. Stop wondering which book to buy. Buy this one."
Merrill Markoe, author of Walking in Circles, -

"Maria Semple's remarkable first novel isn't just a witty, sharp-edged satire about adultery, social climbing, and the absurdities of L.A. On a deeper level, This One is Mine is a complex, unexpectedly moving story about the risks and rewards of love, in all its irrational glory."—Tom Perrotta, author of Election and Little Children, -

"This is a love story with real thorns and a heroine you will weep for."
James Salter, author of Light Years and Last Night, -

Back Bay Books, 9780316031332, 320pp.

Publication Date: March 24, 2010

About the Author

Maria Semple is the author of This One Is Mine and Today Will Be Different. Before turning to fiction, she wrote for Mad About YouEllen, and Arrested Development. Her writing has appeared in The New Yorker. She lives in Seattle.