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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Review: Where'd You Go, Bernadette

User Review  - Lewis Weinstein - Goodreads

I did not expect to like this book, but I had to read it, since it is our book club selection this month. Was I ever surprised? It is a delightful read, with just enough tension and emotion, but ... Read full review

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User Review  - Lisa - Goodreads

First read, Dec. 2014: I loved this book SO MUCH, it's going to be hard to review it. It's not like any other book I've ever read. I feel like THIS is what a lot of books try to be: quirky, charming ... 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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