Good Morning and happy Friday! We’re off camping this weekend but I had to leave you with this review. I finished this book last week and couldn’t put it down so if you’re looking for something to read this had my recommendation.
Bernadette is an architect who has an opinion on everything as her husband, a Microsoft employee, and daughter well know. She’s also agoraphobic and enemy of the other mothers from her daughters school. When Bee, her daughter, requests a trip to Antarctica things start to unravel for everyone, culminating in Bernadette going missing completely. However, almost nothing and no one is what they seem and author Maria Semple is a master of the slow reveal as with each page we gain a bit more information about the characters and the way their actions effect each other. Told through a series of emails, letters and Bee’s thoughts “Where’d You Go Bernadette?” is a comedy that has both laughable moments and dry introspection and I for one, didn’t want it to be over. The most charming aspect of this novel though is that Bernadette is treated as offbeat, sure, but ultimately a normal and contributing member of society. Even more so, all of the characters seem to be selfish and self-serving, wrapped up in their own worlds and the comedy comes when these worlds collide. Perhaps more importantly the novel doesn’t require Bernadette to change for there to be resolution-or for anyone else to for that matter.
I’m currently reading Americanah and enjoying it immensely. Hopefully I can sneak in some reading time this weekend! What are you reading right now? Or what do you recommend?
Happy reading and happy weekend!