Today, Eleanor Flood will do things differently. She will wear a dress and play a board game with her son, attend yoga and organise lunch with a friend. Alas, life tends to get in the way of our best laid plans. This wonderful novel follows Eleanor through one chaotic, life-altering day. Author Maria Semple is so funny, warm and wise; she creates characters you can't help but fall in love with and Eleanor Flood is no exception.
Recommended by Méabh McNairney, Dubray Galway
Eleanor Flood knows she's a mess. But today will be different. Today she will shower and put on real clothes. She will attend her yoga class after dropping her son, Timby, off at school. She'll see an old friend for lunch. She won't swear. She will initiate sex with her husband, Joe. But before she can put her modest plan into action - life happens. For today is the day Timby has decided to pretend to be ill to weasel his way into his mother's company. It's also the day surgeon Joe has chosen to tell his receptionist - but not Eleanor - that he's on vacation. And just when it seems that things can't go more awry, a former colleague produces a relic from the past - a graphic memoir with pages telling of family secrets long buried and a sister to whom Eleanor never speaks.