This month’s Between the Lines book is one I hadn’t heard of until Anne suggested it. I loved this book. There is something so great about a book that is written so well, but that sort of has a hint of mystery and intrigue to it.
Like I said before, this book was fun. I wasn’t sure what to expect from it, but it was so awesome to read a book from only the perspective of emails and letters. That was so different and interesting, which I loved.
1. How are Audrey Griffin and Bernadette Fox more alike than they realize?
I think both women are insanely bored and not confident in themselves any longer. I think they both needed doses of reality about their perfect lives and how wonderful everything was. Audrey got this when she got reports about Kyle’s drug addictions at the hotel. Bernadette got her dose of reality when things started to fall apart. I think finding out Manjula was stealing their credit card information.
2. Where’d You Go, Bernadette is, at its core, a story about a woman who disappears, both literally and figuratively. Do you feel Bernadette’s disappearance was unique, or do all women, in a sense, disappear into motherhood and marriage?
I do think that women do tend to lose a sense of themselves once they become mothers or are married for a while. It’s not the best thing for them, but sometimes they become so identified in being a wife and/or mother that they forget about themselves. You are a woman first and foremost, so don’t forget that!
I don’t know if I would say that you disappear into those roles, but I do think that you can become lost in them. That they become your only identity.
3. Bernadette often behaves as if she is an outsider. Do you think she is? If so, do you think her feelings of being an outsider are self-imposed, or is she truly different from the other members of her community?
I think that Bernadette is an outsider of her own doing. She became a recluse after her architect days were over. She sort of became manic, thinking that buying an awful house that was falling apart would be good for her family up in Seattle. I do think she is different than other people in the community, but I don’t think that she’s truly different. I think most of it was done of her own accord.
4. Where’d You Go, Bernadette is told from the point of view of a daughter trying to find her missing mother. Why do you think the author chose to tell the story from Bee’s perspective? What light does it shed on the bond between Bernadette and Bee?
I loved that the book was in Bee’s perspective. I think that the author chose to do it that way because, most of the time, younger children don’t lie. They are trustworthy and are telling the truth about everything. Bee’s rebuttals of what happened during certain events – like Audrey getting her foot run over by the car – is her telling the truth about what actually happened. I could trust Bee’s account of things because she was the one that had nothing to lose.
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