The Human Desire to Love and Belong
A Review of
Today Will Be Different: A Novel
Hardback: Little, Brown and Co., 2016
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Reviewed by Abram Kielsmeier-Jones
Eleanor Flood’s day is about to be different—but not in the proactive way she had committed to. Today she wants to be her “best self,” because “the other way wasn’t working” (7).
A writer and illustrator, Eleanor lives in Seattle with her eight-year-old son Timby (Timby?), a forgotten and forgettable dog Yo-Yo, and her husband Joe, well-loved hand surgeon to the Seattle Seahawks.
The book begins with the kind of vow busy parents will immediately identify with:
Today will be different. Today I will be present. Today, anyone I speak to, I will look them in the eye and listen deeply. (3)