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Where'd You Go, Bernadette by Maria Semple
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Jun 05, 2012

it was amazing
bookshelves: becca-s-abc-challenge, books-i-didn-t-want-to-put-down
Read from September 18 to 29, 2012

What can I say about Bernadette? She was a delightful read. A recluse architect who lives for her daughter and longs for another chance to hone her craft. She would make stupid mistakes, start fights for no reason other than the lack of something to do, to create. She lives among the wealthy, but she doesn't belong there. She lives among parents who walk their children into school everyday, who are overly involved. She loves her daughter, but that is just ridiculously obsessive with a capital R. Her daughter wishes to go to Antarctica, and she has promised to fulfill the wish though she is petrified to be around people and cross the Drake Passage, the most turbulent water known to mankind.

Some critics have labeled this novel as a mystery, but the mystery part is really short. There is hardly any guessing, because everything is handed to you before you even start questioning. No, this is a novel about a family realizing who they are, where they belong, and realizing that they are still a family no matter what earth-shattering events may come their way. A Franzen-esque work of art, this novel is as intriguing as the original architecture described within its pages.

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