Where'd You Go, Bernadette

By Maria Semple
(Little Brown and Company, Hardcover, 9780316204279, 336pp.)

Publication Date: August 14, 2012

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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.




About the Author
Maria Semple s first novel, "This One Is Mine", was set in Los Angeles, where she also wrote for television shows such as "Arrested Development", "Mad About You", and "Ellen". She escaped from Los Angeles and now lives with her family in Seattle.


NPR
Friday, Aug 24, 2012

Comedy writer Maria Semple's latest, Where'd You Go, Bernadette, follows 15-year-old Bee as she tracks down her mother, Bernadette, who disappeared on the eve of a family trip to Antarctica. Bernadette is an epistolary novel that paints an acidly funny portrait of life in Seattle. More at NPR.org

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