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BOOK REVIEW: THIS ONE IS MINE
BY MARIA SEMPLE

We hope you enjoy this book review by Caryn St. Clair.







When David Parry saw the violets tattooed on her neck, he was a goner. Now married with a toddler daughter, life with Violet is not nearly as perfect as that tattoo. Violet, with a degree from Barnard, had a good job with a theater producer. She was living a self assured life when she met David. Now? She lives in a big house, has a beautiful daughter and hired help-by all accounts, a good life.

David is a manager for some of the biggest names in the music industry. He is a BIG man yet Violet expects him to get up with their daughter when she can't even keep the kitchen floor swept. For Violet life should be easy. There is more than enough money to do or have whatever she wants. But while David makes silly demands of her and isn't really tuned in to her, she finds her life more about David than about herself.

And then Violet meets Teddy, a second rate bass player.

David's sister Sally wants a husband. She sets her sites on Jeremy, an ESPN sportscaster. Their “courtship” is as close to slapstick comedy as a book can get. In fact, I'd go so far to say that if this book were to become a movie, Sally would be the star.

Semple's book This One is Mine is on one level the story of a very dysfunctional marriage. On another level it's the story of a dysfunctional society where what you have is so much more important than you as a person. It matters not who you are, but rather who you know. While the book is an interesting look at how crazy life can be in Hollywood, it's also a candid look at what priorities have become regardless of where you live.

While readers can't help but shudder at some of the bizarre decisions the characters make, their antics will also have readers laughing out loud-laughing out loud in fact, for days after they've finished the book.

REVIEWED BY CARYN ST. CLAIR

DO NOT REPRINT WITHOUT PERMISSION OF THE REVIEWER, CARYN ST. CLAIR


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