Reading dates: 07 – 18 November 2016
I was so looking forward to this book. I loved Maria Semple’s previous one and I think there are not enough comic writers around. I still like her style and rhythm very much but this book does not cut it. For me, it is not what everyone says about the similarities (parallels in fact) between Today Will be Different and Where’d You Go, Bernadette?. The book starts ok, a bit predictable, but soon enough I got into its spiralling, hysterical whirlwind. It became very interesting narratively. The resolution is appalling, though, an absolute cope out, nothing given. Here’s a potentially brilliant book that feels like it has come up against a deadline so it is finished quickly and negligently. That, I cannot forgive. I don’t think a writer should tell a story that they cannot finish.