author: Maria Semple
Bernadette Fox is notorious.To Elgin Branch, a Microsoft wunderkind, she's his hilarious, volatile, talented, troubled wife. To fellow mothers at the school gate, she's a menace. To design experts, she's a revolutionary architect. And to 15-year-old Bee, she is a best friend and, quite simply, mum.
Then Bernadette disappears. And Bee must take a trip to the end of the earth to find her.
what I liked: Once I got used to the epistolary style I enjoyed finding out more and more about the novels epicenter Bernadette. Even though I have no connection to Seattle or Microsoft I loved reading the insightful and highly witty and intelligent rants against both.
what I didn't like: It is not exactly a page turner until Bernadette disappears.
verdict: It's an epistolary novel which means it is constructed of all different kinds of letters, mails and interviews.. First hard to grab I found myself liking troubled Bernadette a lot and towards the end really wanted to find out what had happened to her. It's an unusual book and definitely not for everyone but give it a try if you like quirky characters.