So B. It (Prebound)
Heidi is about twelve; she doesn’t know when her actual birthday is, doesn’t know who her father is, doesn’t know how she and her mentally disabled mother ended up at the door of her apartment twelve years ago, and doesn’t know how the electric and rent bills are paid. What she does know is that Bernie, the neighbor whose apartment connects to theirs, is agoraphobic but has managed to love and care for Heidi and her mother beautifully. When her mom adds “soof” to her limited vocabulary and Heidi discovers a roll of old photos, she embarks on a journey to New York to discover her story. So tender and beautiful that you will not be able to close these characters into the covers of a finished book, So B. It is a story of love and its incredible power. The movie adaptation is great too!— Linda
You couldn't really tell about Mama's brain just from looking at her, but it was obvious as soon as she spoke. She had a high voice, like a little girl's, and she only knew 23 words. I know this for a fact, because we kept a list of the things Mama said tacked to the inside of the kitchen cabinet. Most of the words were common ones, like good and more and hot, but there was one word only my mother said: soof.
Although she lives an unconventional lifestyle with her mentally disabled mother and their doting neighbour, Bernadette, Heidi has a lucky streak that has a way of pointing her in the right direction. When a mysterious word in her mother's vocabulary begins to haunt her, Heidi's thirst for the truth leads her on a cross-country journey in search of the secrets of her past.