Wednesday, March 19, 2014

The Typical Book Group Report - 18

The Typical Book Group met last night to discuss Where'd you go, Bernadette? by Maria Semple.  There were 11 of us there, which was our best turn out in a long time.   Probably because it was such a good book.

We talked a lot about how smart Bernadette was as an architect, and about how her life shriveled after the 20 Mile House was sold.  We also found that there was lots of blame to spread around, covering everyone except Bernadette's daughter, Bee.

One thing that someone suggested and I hadn't thought about is that maybe Semple was setting us up for a sequel.  By leaving Soo-Lin pregnant, and Van, Bernadette's brother in law, in town for no apparent purpose, maybe she is preparing the stage for something else, rather than leaving strings of storyline untied.

Like Gone Girl by Gillian Flynn which we discussed last year, we all loved most of the book, but had issues with the ending.  Some parts felt contrived, and there were things that we would have done differently, but it was a fun book to read.

Next month we'll discuss The Invention of Wings by Sue Monk Kidd.

Still Reading:  Night Film by Marisha Pessl

Still Listening to:  Year of the Flood by Margaret Atwood

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