Where'd You Go, Bernadette: A Novel

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Little, Brown, Aug 14, 2012 - Fiction - 336 pages
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Bernadette Fox is notorious. To her Microsoft-guru husband, she's a fearlessly opinionated partner; to fellow private-school mothers in Seattle, she's a disgrace; to design mavens, she's a revolutionary architect, and to 15-year-old Bee, she is a best friend and, simply, Mom.

Then Bernadette disappears. It began when Bee aced her report card and claimed her promised reward: a family trip to Antarctica. But Bernadette's intensifying allergy to Seattle--and people in general--has made her so agoraphobic that a virtual assistant in India now runs her most basic errands. A trip to the end of the earth is problematic.

To find her mother, Bee compiles email messages, official documents, secret correspondence--creating a compulsively readable and touching novel about misplaced genius and a mother and daughter's role in an absurd world.

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Where'd You Go, Bernadette

User Review  - Karen Core - Book Verdict

What does a genius architect do when the neighbor with whom she's been feuding destroys her greatest work of art? In Semple's second novel (after This One is Mine) she moves from the scene of the ... Read full review

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User Review  - Isabel Allende - Goodreads

Where'd you go Bernardette, by Maria Semple is simple a riot of a book. I laughed so uncontrollably in the plane that some passengers complained. A Seattle teenage girl tells the story of how and why ... Read full review

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About the author (2012)

Maria Semple's first novel, This One is Mine, was set in Los Angeles, where she also wrote for television shows including Arrested Development, Mad About You, and Ellen. She escaped from Los Angeles and lives with her family in Seattle, where her second novel takes place.

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