Stunning debut from Maria Semple. Witty. Beautifully observed. Laugh aloud storyline; reminiscent of Salmon Fishing in the Yemen for knitting together bizarre elements and turning them into a can't-imagine-where-this-is-going-next page turner. I was almost put off by the ringing cover endorsement from Jonathan Franzen, but finally, he and I agree about the literary merit of a specific book! Buy it now and prepare to be hugely entertained.