Weeks, Sarah. So B. It, a novel.

Author:Rosser, Claire
Position:Book Review

WEEKS, Sarah. So B. It, a novel. HarperCollins, 246p. c2004. 0-06-523622-3. $15.99. J

Heidi has had a most unusual childhood. She lives with her mother, who is severely mentally handicapped, in Rend, Nevada. Next door in the apartment house is a loving woman, Bernadette, who takes care of them but suffers from agoraphobia and cannot leave the apartment. Many years ago, Bernadette found the infant Heidi and her bewildered young mother on her doorstep, neither one able to explain who they are. For years, the three of them have managed, using Bernadette's coping skills and Heidi's growing independence and capability. (All the practical details of how this odd trio copes with everyday life are explained throughout the story, and it's quite fascinating.)

Heidi finds an old camera with film in it hidden away in a drawer, and she gets the photographs developed: they reveal a Christmas party, with the name of a place, and Heidi's young mother in one of the pictures--all clues to the identities of Heidi and her mother, who calls herself So B. It. Heidi becomes obsessed with these clues and Bernadette does what she can by telephone to get to the truth. But...

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