Where'd You Go, Bernadette

Where'd You Go, Bernadette

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A misanthropic matriarch leaves her eccentric family in crisis when she mysteriously disappears in this whip-smart and divinely funny novel that inspired the movie starring Cate Blanchett (New York Times).

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 her best friend and, simply, Mom.

Then Bernadette vanishes. It all 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, and secret correspondence -- creating a compulsively readable and surprisingly touching novel about misplaced genius and a mother and daughter's role in an absurd world.
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Product details

  • Paperback | 330 pages
  • 137 x 208 x 30mm | 318g
  • New York, United States
  • English
  • Reprint
  • 0316204269
  • 9780316204262
  • 86,154

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A comedic delight...--Family Circle
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About Maria Semple

Maria Semple is the author of This One Is Mine and Today Will Be Different. Before turning to fiction, she wrote for Mad About You, Ellen, and Arrested Development. Her writing has appeared in The New Yorker. She lives in Seattle.
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532,450 ratings
3.88 out of 5 stars
5 27% (146,077)
4 43% (226,793)
3 23% (121,608)
2 5% (28,071)
1 2% (9,901)

Our customer reviews

Did I enjoy this book: I really did. I think comedy is probably the hardest genre to write. Thatâ??s why I really hesitated before buying this book. A lot of comedy comes across as mean, crass, or just plain stupid. This novel manages to include all three. And itâ??s laugh out loud hilarious. The main character, Bernadette, is a brilliant artist/architect. Early in the novel a colleague tells her, â??People like you must create. If you donâ??t create, Bernadette, you will become a menace to society.â?? Lucky for us, she has no creative outlet in Seattle and we get to laugh hilariously as she becomes a menace to society. My two favorite parts: the mudslide at Audrey Griffinâ??s house and the letter from Soon-Lin which reads in part, â??Iâ??m in an Internet caf�© in South America,, and this keypoard is so dirty and sticky and HORRIPLE and the P makes a B and the B makes a P and the comma sticks and you have to immediately hit packsbace or else the whole email will pe commas!â?? If that little snippet doesnâ??t make you grin, donâ??t waste your money. I laugh every time I read it so the book was perfect for me. Would I recommend it: Yes! Will I read it again: Iâ??ll probably start it again today. As reviewed by Belinda at Every Free Chance Book Reviews.show more
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