Where'd You Go, Bernadette: A Novel

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Little, Brown, Aug 14, 2012 - Fiction - 336 pages
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A whip-smart, hysterical dramedy about a family in crisis after the disappearance of its brilliant, misanthropic matriarch.
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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I brought a whole bag of books to the beach to read, but this one ended up taking up all my time. It was a good book, but I just couldn't get over the whiny tones and the air of superiority in many of ... Read full review

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Bernadette, Elgie & Bee. What a trio you are, swirling around in your own little orbits, colliding with each other and sometimes sharing the same orbits. Life was not dull, but some down time was ... Read full review

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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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