Reader to reader advice: Do not under any circumstances read this book in public. Your intimates are worse since they would not hesitate recommending you need help. You’ve been warned.
In my recent most read, the protagonist Anna Fox didn’t leave her house due to agarophobia(The Woman in the Window by A.J. Finn).
In Where’d you go, Bernadette? Bernadette Fox goes to great lengths so she won’t have to leave the house! Talk of coincidences!
The similarities end there since Where’d you go, Bernadette? is… Wait, who are you, Bernadette?
Bernadette Fox is a former grant winning architect who was “green before there was green”. She’s the wife of the famous MS employee Elgin Branch (4th most watched Ted Talk in his socks🙄?). She’s the mum of Bee, Balakrishna (aptly with her flute) and she prefers to email an agent in India then to simply reserve the table in a nearby restaurant herself.
Although she’s being described as agarophobic, I think she’s just tired of the essential nothings, as Jane Austen would say. #Janeite. She’s just not interested in gnats aka mothers of other kids.
Picture to yourself the horrors she’d experience on a family trip? But that’s what Bee wants in return for her straight Ss (surpassing excellence).A trip to Antarctica❄️(of all the places), before she goes off to high school.
But Where’d you go, Bernadette?
Just before heading the South pole, Bernadette Fox simply vanishes.
The book is a collage of emails, transcripts, FBI reports, handwritten notes and what not? With a little addition from a determined Bee, our perfect summer read is born.
The plot buildup is witty and at times Maria Semple is clearly writing a social satire. The characters come across as normal people who find themselves in confusing and hilarious circumstances rather then being just stupid . Comedy isn’t always have to to be at IQ’s expense!
Let’s not pass this whole book as a mere comedy, good summer read, haha though. Bee as well as Bernadette realise that different choices could’ve been better ones. Living in a house which wasn’t an ancient girls school for starters. Bernadette also realises that an artist needs her art.We need our passions just to feel alive (and stay sane).
This book made me chuckle on a day when it felt as a nadir for my happy hormones. So thankful for the company and chuckles💛.
Have you read this book? Are you planning to? It was the talk of bookclubs back in 2016 and the movie is coming out in August! Would you like to watch it? Let’s chat, all that and more!
Be in love