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.
After reading the back of this book I was intrigued. And I am happy to say I was not disappointed.
Violet Parry seems to have it all. She has an extremely successful husband, a beautiful little baby, and a huge home with people waiting on her left and right. But, even though she has all of this there is one very important thing that is missing – the connection between her and her husband David.
David has always put his career as a music producer first, and although it didn’t seem to really bother her in the beginning, it has really started to wear on her. He expects so much from her but has no idea what any of her wants and needs are. She starts to wonder if there isn’t more to life, and that’s when she meets Teddy Reyes, a man she feels a strong attraction to, whether he is right for her or not. So, she begins an affair.
The characters in this book are all a little “off”, yet I felt as if I could relate to each of them in some way. The story will have you running through all the emotions – joy, anger, disbelief, sadness. I wasn’t able to put this book down, and could really relate to it, as unusual as that may sound (you’ll have to read it).
Maria Semple has written for television shows including Arrested Development, Mad About You, and Ellen. She has escaped from Los Angeles and lives with her family on an island off Seattle. This is her first novel.
Thanks so much to Miriam Parker of Hachette Book Group for sending this ARC to me for review!