Well it’s July 1st and a hot and humid day here on Long Island. How appropriate that we end at the South Pole.
I have so many thoughts and a few questions for you.
Discussing the book with a friend we talked about Bernadette and Elgie and what the future holds for their marriage. The book ends with a letter to Bee from Bernadette telling her that she’s going to stay at the Pole for a bit but then is coming home to lead a more normal life as a family. Do you think that’s possible? My friend was left to wonder how Bernadette will react to the pregnancy of Soo-Lin. I think that Bernadette is in such a much better place and is more powerful and clear that she’ll take it in stride. What do you think? Given her struggles to have a child how do you think Bernadette will react?
What about Elgie – does he truly love Bernadette for who she is? Has he taken off his Microsoft glasses and reviewed why he loved her in the first place?
We were also discussing the fact that Elgie wanted to put Bernadette away for treatment. Oddly enough, and in true Bernadette extreme fashion, she ends up putting herself away. Why do you think her excursion to the South Pole was so therapeutic?
Some of the discussion questions provided by the publisher mention that people have commented that this is really Bee’s story. What do you think?
Lastly, I hope that you enjoyed the book. I did. I also loved that a book so silly and seemingly uncomplicated offered so much to discuss.
Please let me know what you thought, and join me for our next novel – The End of the Point by Elizabeth Graver.