“Maybe that’s what religion is, hurling yourself off a cliff & trusting that something bigger will take care of you and carry you to the right place.” – Maria Semple, Where’d You Go, Bernadette
Bernadette was an out of the box architect who won a coveted award for her home, which she designed. However, once built the house was bought by a high bidder (who wouldn’t want an award winning house)! To her dismay the buyer was a rattled neighbor who immediatly tore down the house out of spite! This sent Bernadette into a downward spiral.
Not only did the destruction of her architecture project rip her apart but her husband, Elgie, landed a big time job at Microsoft – so they moved…to the suburbs of Seattle.
The house they bought in Seattle was another fixer upper with the hopes that Bernadette would turn it around & create another award winning masterpiece. Instead, Bernadette let the house fall completely apart – moss growing inside & all. She not only isolates herself away from her career, but she turns cold to her husband. She secretly hires a virtual assistant in India to take care of all of her daily tasks so she doesn’t have to leave her abode & keeps distance from her daughter’s (Bee) school. In this town, this is a no- no and other mothers begin to talk.
Regardless of the mess at home, the daughter Bee is a lovely child who got good grades. Her parents promised her that good grades equals a family cruise to Antarctica.
SPOILER ALERT!!!! Continue reading if you want details on the ending…