Today Will Be Different

The highly anticipated follow-up to Where’d You Go, Bernadette. About a woman who wakes up determined to be her best self… and then life happens.

“I had the uncanny feeling, while reading Today Will Be Different, that Maria Semple had somehow snuck into my house when I was asleep, took an x-ray image of my heart, then painted it by hand in neon colors. This book is searingly honest and hilarious and dark and neurotic. It is dizzying. Best of all, it is delicious.”

―Lauren Groff, author of Fates and Furies

“Outrageously funny… Ms. Semple is an immensely appealing writer.”

―Janet Maslin, New York Times

“[A] poetic, seriously funny and brainy dream of a novel — ‘Mrs. Dalloway Takes Laughing Gas,’ perhaps.”

―Meg Wolitzer, New York Times Book Review

“Loopy, deeply, darkly funny and brave.”

―Elinor Lipman, Washington Post

“Few will be indifferent to this achingly funny and very dear book. This author is on her way to becoming a national treasure.”

―Kirkus Reviews (starred review)

Today Will Be Different is so unique, so smart, so funny, so beautifully humane, so utterly of our times, it’s astonishing. I’ve scribbled exclamation points and underlined passages on almost every single page so I can go back and savor. I’ve started quoting it as if it’s already a classic–which, no doubt, it will be.”

―Gillian Flynn, author of Gone Girl and Dark Places

“Hilarious [and] heartwarming.”

―Dana Getz, Entertainment Weekly

“Brisk, amusing and engaging… Semple is a champion observer of the human condition.”

―Connie Ogle, Miami Herald

“‘Today will be different,’ Eleanor Flood tells herself, and oh baby hang on for a wild ride that’s like nothing Eleanor sees coming. In this brilliant depiction of a woman hanging on by her fingernails, Maria Semple delivers a perfect panic of a day on which the barely tolerable, muddle-through-it desperation that so many of us have known at one time or another suddenly erupts with life-shattering force. Can an existential crisis make us laugh? Such is Semple’s talent that this one does, without losing any of the punch or gravity of the hardest kinds of lived experience.”

―Ben Fountain, author of Billy Lynn’s Long Halftime Walk

Today Will Be Different is a sublimely funny and inventive novel driven by Maria Semple’s razor-sharp observations and a voice that leaps from the page.”

―Jess Walter, author of Beautiful Ruins

“Whipsmart, dazzling, darkly comic and deeply touching. I loved it!”

―Marian Keyes, author of The Brightest Star in the Sky and This Charming Man

“Truly smart and deep and funny — worthy of laughing out loud.”

―Maris Kreizman, Los Angeles Times

Today Will Be Different is going to delight the many, many fans of Where’d You Go, Bernadette.”

―Michael Merschel, Dallas Morning News

“A sharp, funny read… Consistently entertaining.”

―Publishers Weekly

“Writing a comedy novel that manages to connect emotionally is no easy task, but Semple knocks it out of the park. Today Will Be Different is hilarious, moving and written perfectly, and it makes a good case for Semple as one of America’s best living comic novelists.”

―Michael Schaub,

“An unexpectedly heartfelt exploration of a woman’s inner life. (And yes, it’s still funny.)”

―Moira Macdonald, Seattle Times

“With a strong narrative voice, fast pace and her signature wit, Semple cleverly spins another raucously funny story wound around deeper implications about the unexpected ways life teaches us to find meaning.”

―Shelf Awareness

“An introspective look, both comedic and tragic, at attempting to be the best one can be.”

―Stephanie Sendaula, Library Journal

“Crackling with honesty and heart.”

―Jarry Lee, BuzzFeed

“A zesty, memorable novel.”

―Suzy Feay, the Guardian

“Equal parts smart and funny.”

―Jenny Comita, W

“A little bit wacky and always wise, and we recognize people we know — including ourselves — on every page.”

―Elisabeth Egan, Glamour

“A smart, laugh-out-loud funny, and thoughtful novel about how we reinvent ourselves and how we need to face the truth about our lives before we can truly change.”

―Brenda Janowitz, PopSugar

“Bittersweet, hilarious, perceptive.”

―The Millions

“Quirky and blade-sharp.”

―Tina Jordan and Isabella Biedenharn, Entertainment Weekly

“Fans of Where’d You Go, Bernadette will eat up Semple’s entertaining new novel.”

―Jane Henderson, St. Louis Post-Dispatch

“Deliciously mucky mayhem.”

―San Francisco Chronicle

“Vivid, hilarious… the comic (and graphic!) novel of the year.”

―Brian Raftery, Wired