I enjoyed reading this, it is smart and light and I was much more interested in what happened to Bernadette than what happened to the girl of Gone Girl, for instance. Semple takes the silliness of modern affluence in the US and blows it up into an edge of fantastical "What If" without being sharp or mean. She could so easily have pushed the characters into a more shrill yuck of a tone, but avoided it. I cared on some level about everyone. And I am forced to love any book with a female main character who we all must understand must create or else will be a menace to society. Thank you for that, Maria Semple.