WHERE'D YOU GO, BERNADETTE
by Maria Semple
I inadvertently let this slide by a while back, having gotten a reminder from the library that it was waiting for me. By the time I remembered it was there, it was gone, and I had to request it again. This time I remembered to pick it, and I got around to reading it.
Was it worth it? Only in that it was feted, and not just by Seattle, so it was good to find out what the Powers That Be are reading. (Seattle is constantly amazed and pleased when it gets Big-Name recognition. The author, Maria Semple, was a Hollywood writer (I guess she still is), and she has cred, but she lives in Seattle now, at least at the moment. The little things make me happy: I was relieved to see, at least in the digital copy, there's a comma in the title. I kept seeing it without, probably by those who never actually looked IN the book. Or are semiliterate. Either is a possibility.
Anyway, that's the problem with things that are feted: it's usually done so by people who want to be "in" and not by those who actually have any knowledge. So that's very Hollywood. Okay, now for the actual book. I found it incredibly annoying. Overprivileged, self-centered, entitled...and that's just to describe our protagonists. No, this is yet another work by the privileged about the privileged for the privileged, and I have no patience. Go back to being moneyed, you vapid richos. Hollywood fail. And this is why I tend to read genre fiction.
Next up: WASHINGTON'S SPIES by Alexander Rose, the story of America's first spy ring, on which the AMC series TURN was based. I understand our old friend Bob Greenberger assigned this book to his high school students last term, and I'm impressed. My high school wouldn't have dreamed of assigning something this challenging!