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Where'd You Go, Bernadette

Where'd You Go, Bernadette

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A compulsively readable and touching novel about misplaced genius and a mother and daughter's role in an absurd world.

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.

Title:Where'd You Go, Bernadette
Edition Language:English
ISBN:0316204277
Format Type:
Number of Pages:330 pages
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    Where'd You Go, Bernadette Reviews

  • Jessica

    Read this for a second time for a new book club, and I loved it just as much as I did the first time.A douche canoe that I (probably shouldn't have) dated for a couple months a few years ago once told...

  • Patrick

    Just found this book in my luggage recently, I read it while traveling a while back, and never got around to recording it here. (This happens a lot...)I'm hesitant to assign a star rating here (more h...

  • Travis Fortney

    What we have here is a satirical epistolary novel about a bunch of whiny one percenters in Seattle. Ms. Semple is sending up Seattle elites, which here seem to be typified by Bernadette's husband Elgi...

  • Ashley

    Well, let this be a lesson to those who would open their mouths and spew venom into the world. I once wrote very publicly and loudly on this here Goodreads that I could never love a satire -- don't ev...

  • Raeleen Lemay

    For the first time ever, I'm going with the Goodreads-appointed rating system. This book was simply "OK", therefore I am giving it 2 stars. I didn't hate it or anything, but it really didn't do anythi...

  • Fabian

    Simply put: READ THIS, or you WILL have a supremely LAME life. I solemnly swear...Yup, this is a total classic--a brilliant novel that the critics have hailed as impossibly LOL fuhu-nny. But I simply ...

  • Richard Derus

    Pearl RuledRating: 1.6* of five (p97)The Publisher Says: Bernadette Fox is notorious. To her Microsoft-guru husband, she's a fearlessly opinionated partner; to fellow private-school mothers in Seattle...

  • Lormac

    There is a new genre of contemporary fiction in which believability is thrown out the window in favor of wacky plot machinations, but which is not satire because the emotions of the characters are too...

  • Steve

    I figure my best hope of getting more readers than the Cubs have victories is to mention straight away Maria Semple’s bona fides as a satirist. So here it is: she wrote for Arrested Development. Her...

  • Rich

    This book about Seattle "Subaru Parents" describes my life so chillingly accurately that I am now absolved of writing my own book about their Portland-counterparts' bat-shit antics. Favorites: "Sudden...