Where'd You Go, Bernadette

Where'd You Go, Bernadette

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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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Product details

  • Paperback | 336 pages
  • 153 x 232 x 27mm | 436g
  • Weidenfeld & Nicolson
  • London, United Kingdom
  • English
  • 9780297867296
  • 169,537

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Maria Semple's Where'd You Go Bernadette is the book that comes closest to matching Jonathan Safran Foer's 'Extremely Loud and Incredibly Close'. It's the highly charged story of a high achieving child, her genius Microsoft star employee father and her reclusive award-winning mother Bernadette. The family trip to Antarctica may well be their undoing. This is a hilarious novel with undoubtedly the pushiest parents ever captured in ink -- Patrick Neale, Jaffe & Neale Bookshop THE BOOKSELLER Where'd You Go Bernadette by Maria Semple is an innovative comic novel. The eponymous Bernadette was once a great architect but has fallen into a cycle of agoraphobia and misanthropy in Seattle. She is a bitter character who despises most other people but she's actually quite charismatic. I found myself rooting for her, which is testament to Semple's accomplished style and characterisation -- Ruth Hunter, Bertrams THE BOOKSELLER Where'd You Go, Bernadette is fresh and funny and accomplished, but the best thing about it was that I never had any idea what was going to happen next. It was a wild ride... Kate Atkinson A fresh, flamboyantly witty new voice Helen Fielding A delightfully funny book, that constantly catches one by surprise, Where'd You Go, Bernadette combines a shrewdly observed portrait of Seattle life with, of all things, a mysterious disappearance in Antarctica. A pleasure Matthew Kneale, author of English Passengers Maria Semple dissects the gory complexities of familial dysfunction with a deft and tender hand. Where'd You Go, Bernadette is a triumph of social observation and black comedy by a skillful chronicler of moneyed malaise. Patrick de Witt, author of The Sisters Brothers
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About Maria Semple

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. She lives in Seattle. After high school, Kathleen Wilhoite enrolled at USC Drama School. One month later, she landed her first movie role in Private School. Throughout the 1980 and 90's, she appeared in a number of film and TV projects as both leads and second leads where her brash sexuality and unconventional style was eagerly put on display. She appeared noticeably opposite Charles Bronson in Murphy's Law, Robert De Niro in Angel Heart, Patrick Swayze in Road House, and Nick Nolte in Everybody Wins and Lorenzo's Oil. She stars along side Nicholas Cage in The Hungry Rabbit Jumps and co-stars with Robert Carlyle in California Solo. She has also had two record deals where she's toured with bands around the world and has written songs for a multiple of shows. She's a native of Santa Barbara and now lives in Studio City with her husband and three children.
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515,585 ratings
3.89 out of 5 stars
5 28% (142,103)
4 43% (219,395)
3 23% (116,792)
2 5% (27,351)
1 2% (9,944)
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