Less Than Hero
Maria Semple's novel features a frazzled protagonist trying to live her best life now.
Every day we should be improving. Our productivity and happiness should be on the rise. We should be making more friends. Our spouses should love us more and our children should be happier and increasingly confident about their positions in the world. And if we are not improving, inching closer and closer to our best lives, then we are failing ourselves and everyone around us.
The burden of this pervasive cultural lie,