This review is long overdue and I do not know how on earth I missed it.
The story was a good one but there was no punch at the end and that deflated me.
Bernadette is a high flyer - eccentric, opinionated, different to all the other mothers who come to pick up their children but she is also someone who has the unswerving loyalty of her daughter Bee who realizes Mom is strange but she is anyway my Mom sort of thing.
Bernadette is an architect with winning awards behind her but someone who dislikes interaction with real people. Her life - every bit of it - is run by a virtual assistant from a call center in India and she finds this wonderful. The pinch comes when a trip to Antarctica promised to Bee for getting excellent grades has to be fulfilled. For someone who is averse to people this is going to be a tough call. Cooped up for weeks first on a ship and then on a station in Antarctica is impossible and Bernadette disappears.
I think this would be a book that could be turned into a movie. The drama and the entertainment are all there. The characters - all three of our main ones are quirky and eccentric in their own way and would make for wonderful copy.
In the minority here where I did not love it. Maybe it is difficult for me to visualize the suburban parents of America and did not empathize with the family and neighbours enough! I liked to read this one and did finish it though I did not love it.
Weather here is good. Intermittently hot and humid with heavy rains as well, its certainly better than being hot all the time.
On the wedding side, we have got down to sari shopping and have narrowed our selection. Its nerve wracking that the bride just wants her Mother and elder sister to decide and buy!!!!