This book popped up in my Goodreads suggestion after my obsession with all stories/books Gillian Flynn left me with a giant gaping hole (and a lighter purse). Rightfully so, it’s was along the same lines: female leads, a mysterious-ish plot, character development that leaves you thinking you could meet the main characters at the local Wal-Greens.
Unlike Ms. Flynn’s books this was much less gruesome and more lighthearted. I chuckled out loud quite a bit – as in I had a hard time reading it in public. Because it was so interesting and fresh I neglected all housework and all other responsibilities until I finished. I think it was a 3 day read for me – that’s gotta be a Jessica record! On to the book.
Synopsis from here (how hilarious is that doll?!?!):
Bernadette Fox is notorious. To her Microsoft-guru husband, she’s a fearlessly opinionated partner; to fellow private-school mothers in Seattle, she’s a disgrace; to design mavens, she’s a revolutionary architect, and to 15-year-old Bee, she is a best friend and, simply, Mom.
Then Bernadette disappears. It began when Bee aced her report card and claimed her promised reward: a family trip to Antarctica. But Bernadette’s intensifying allergy to Seattle – and people in general – has made her so agoraphobic that a virtual assistant in India now runs her most basic errands. A trip to the end of the earth is problematic.
To find her mother, Bee compiles email messages, official documents, secret correspondence – creating a compulsively readable and touching novel about misplaced genius and a daughter’s unflinching love for her imperfect mother.
Maria Semple’s Bernadette Fox is a RIOT! to be honest, in my imagination she looks a lot like Jake’s Godmother… 🙂 I’d say if you’re looking for something humerus and different from the normal beach book or summer read, please pick it up!