Where'd You Go, Bernadette

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Orion, Jun 7, 2012 - Fiction - 304 pages
17 Reviews
The funniest book I've read in a decade. I laughed to the point of crying on an airplane. My wife thought I'd lost my mind until she read it a few days later' John Green, MARIE CLAIRE 'Maria Semple's witty, engaging novel takes the form of a collage of documents, emails, transcripts, liveblogs, FBI reports and magazine articles, all strung together by Bee Branch, a smart and articulate 15-year-old girl, but beneath this surface playfulness is a fascinating story of one woman's retreat from the world . . . refreshing in its honesty and complexity' OBSERVER 'A novel full of honesty and heart' CNN Bernadette Fox is notorious. To Elgie Branch, a Microsoft wunderkind, she's his hilarious, volatile, talented, troubled wife. To fellow mothers at the school gate, she's a menace. To design experts, she's a revolutionary architect. And to 15-year-old Bee, she is a best friend and, quite simply, mum. Then Bernadette disappears. And Bee must take a trip to the end of the earth to find her. WHERE'D YOU GO, BERNADETTE is a compulsively readable, irresistibly written, deeply touching novel about misplaced genius and a mother and daughter's place in the world.

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User Review  - Suzanne - Goodreads

When I first heard about this book, it sounded as though it might be just a story whose main point was to disparage Seattle. But although there is humor in the book that might seem to be at the ... Read full review

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User Review  - Jr Bacdayan - Goodreads

I can't remember what year it was but I remember being really sad when Steve Irwin died. I can still picture that smug Australian smile painted on the face of a guy wrestling with a crocodile. What is ... Read full review

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About the author (2012)

Maria Semple worked in Los Angeles as a television writer for 15 years, working on hit shows including ELLEN, SATURDAY NIGHT LIVE, MAD ABOUT YOU and ARRESTED DEVELOPMENT. Where'd You Go, Bernadette? was shortlisted for the 2013 Women's Prize for Fiction, and won the 2013 Melissa Nathan Award. Maria lives in Seattle.

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