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A Novel

by Semple, MariaSimple, Maria

A brilliant comic debut -- hailed by both Helen Fielding (Bridget Jones's Diary) and Gigi Levangie Grazer (The Starter Wife) -- THIS ONE IS MINE is a modern-day Anna Karenina set in Los Angeles about a woman who deliberately upends her life.

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.

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 ONE IS MINE is her first novel.

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"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."

Quote: Darren Star

"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."

Quote: Merrill Markoe

"This delightful novel gives pleasure on every page. Deftly satiric, wickedly hilarious, brilliantly plotted to ensure maximum mayhem, it also sustains a sweet, triumphant tenderness towards characters who act so appallingly. If at first it seems a puzzle that the novelist can inspire such rueful yet endearing affection for these too-often greedy, shallow people, the answer is that we come to recognize them as us."

Review: Philip Lopate

"With Joan Didion's eye for the bleak, Nathanael West's ear for the desperate and her own taste for the comic, Semple has penned a scathing vision of show business in a repellent La-La Land. . . . Everyone, in other words, acts borderline loony. This might be off-putting but for Semple's forgiving and funny voice guiding us through the nuttiness with well-grounded prose."

Review: Seattle Time

"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."

Quote: Tom Perrotta

"A fresh, flamboyantly witty new voice."

Quote: Helen Fielding

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.

Review: Boston Globe

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