|If you read Where’d You Go, Bernadette, you’ll enjoy this photo from the author’s website! Image source.|
I can feel the irrationality and anxiety draining my store of energy like a battery-operated racecar grinding away in the corner. This is energy I will need to get through the next day. But I just lie in bed and watch it burn, and with it any hope for a productive tomorrow.
This is very uncharacteristic of me to say, but Where’d You Go, Bernadette is a real gem of a novel. I’ll probably edit that out later, but there, I’ve said it. After living in Spain, Los Angeles and Colorado as a child, Maria Semple received a BA in English from Barnard College in 1986 before screenwriting for Beverly Hills, 90210 and writing her first novel, This One is Mine, in 2008.
You can tell that mothers on the Galer Street playground would be uttering, “Why can’t you be more like Bee Branch?” when their kids are setting up drug cartels rather than playing shakuhachis (Japanese flutes) like Bernadette Fox’s wonderful daughter.
|Lovely cover, no? Image source.|
I don’t give a fig about Ted. I don’t know who he is and I don’t care what he says during this talk you refuse to shut up about.
My Mum is an architect and has been facing a rough patch lately, so I’m certainly going to buy her this novel for Christmas! Even as a non-reader (awful, I know), I’m sure she’ll love it once she gets into it.
On a side note, I now really, really want to go to Antarctica.