Where'd You Go, Bernadette: A Novel

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Where'd You Go, Bernadette: A Novel

by Maria Semple

Little, Brown And Company | August 14, 2012 | Hardcover

Where'd You Go, Bernadette: A Novel is rated 4.6429 out of 5 by 14.
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.

Format: Hardcover

Dimensions: 336 pages, 9.5 × 6.25 × 1.25 in

Published: August 14, 2012

Publisher: Little, Brown And Company

Language: English

The following ISBNs are associated with this title:

ISBN - 10: 0316204277

ISBN - 13: 9780316204279

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Rated 5 out of 5 by from Hilarious! I was recommended this book but it took me a while to actually buy it, thinking it was a bit silly or not my style. However right from the beginning I was sucked in. The sarcasm and wit keep you smirking the whole time. Such a great commentary on aspects of our society today. We all know or know of these people/corporations that Maria Semple writes about. An easy, light, quick read. I highly recommend it. Don't hesitate... don't read more reviews... just buy and enjoy it!!
Date published: 2014-09-29
Rated 5 out of 5 by from I loved this book! I couldn't put this book down - great read. I love the author's description of Canadians. Highly recommend.
Date published: 2014-07-28
Rated 3 out of 5 by from Quirky I think the best way to describe this book is "quirky" - it describes the characters, the format (transcript, narrative, email, correspondence), and storyline. Unfortunately, I just wasn't terribly invested in the characters or anything that happened to them. The whole premise of an agoraphobic mother all but "disappearing" after agreeing to take a teenage daughter to Antarctica was a bit ludicrous. I did appreciate the parallels between Bernadette's "oddities" and everyone else's "normal". Bee was a very precocious and likeable character too. But on the whole, I found the book unsatisfying and am not recommending it.
Date published: 2014-07-23
Rated 5 out of 5 by from Great, funny, easy read Read this book over a couple of nights. Loved the humour, the format it was written in (often as email correspondence), and intrigue in discovering what indeed happened to Bernadette. Fun read, would definitely recommend.
Date published: 2014-06-02
Rated 5 out of 5 by from very funny I laughed out loud at some of the pictures the author painted. The characteristics of Seattle, Microsoft, school mothers, etc. were so bang on. The story line , however, had a much deeper meaning and kept you reading through the family's struggles.
Date published: 2014-03-31
Rated 5 out of 5 by from Loved this Somehow Maria Semple writes an often hilarious tale about some serious problems. Bernadette loves her husband, adores her daughter (both intriguing personalities themselves) while trying to deal with her own issues that stem from her success earlier in her life. A great cast of characters in a fast-paced ingenius scheme. 
Date published: 2014-02-07
Rated 5 out of 5 by from Could not put it down! Loved it! :) I felt like reading a book that will keep my interest going through the whole book, and this just did that and more! I could NOT put it down!! It was so much fun, there were so many mixed emotions that played within the plot, it was quite intriguing and interesting to read. The author draws you in and does not let you leave! By the time I was at the end, I was hoping there could have been one more chapter to finish the adventure, but all in all, a great book!
Date published: 2013-09-09
Rated 5 out of 5 by from Most fun book that I have ever read. This was the most fun book that I can remember reading. Great for those of us who have a mind that tends to have spurious thoughts. After work today, I drove straight past the garden centres and headed directly to my couch to dig back into this book. Fun. Fun. Fun.
Date published: 2013-06-21
Rated 5 out of 5 by from Fun! This was our book club pick for February! I downloaded it to my Kobo and started reading! This is one of those books that draws you in and makes you long for time to read! I read in car, the ice rink (yes I should have been watching the game) and in bed. I stole every minute I could get! The book is told by Bee (Bernadette's daughter) in a series of emails and letters. At time it is laugh out loud funny! The story gives us a inside look a Bernadette....her rise and fall. Bernadette has lost touch with reality and has even outsourced her life to a virtual assistant in India! Without giving it away; Bernadette disappears and Bee is determined to solve the mystery! This book is light & fun and guaranteed to make you smile....if not laugh out loud!
Date published: 2013-02-12
Rated 3 out of 5 by from Sarcastic and satirical humour had me laughing out loud I didn't find this book, this book completely found ME. I swear it. Maria Semple wrote this book, got it published, and then made it so that it found it's way onto the shelves at JUST my eye level. I both liked and grew frustrated by so many things in this book. Let me tell you about it: The story opens with an outline of Bee's grades, straight A's across the board, an outstanding accomplishment. It turns out that both her mother, Bernadette Fox, and her father, Elgin Branch, had previously promised her an Antarctic cruise as the reward for this exact outcome of excellence. So it's set, the family is going away. But so is Bernadette's Fox's sanity. Since an unfortunate even that took place in her professional life, her tolerance for the people and the world around her took a nosedive. The trip then comes to a stand-still after Bernadette mysteriously disappears. I felt like I completely understood Bernadette, at least throughout the first half of the book. I related with her creative side, and her inability to function in a world where her passion wasn't being put to use. I climbed into the space in her head with her where it was just too difficult to deal with reality, and all the obligations of living a "normal" life. I love that the author allowed the readers a glimpse of both sides of the coin-the view of Bernadette through her daughter's eyes, and through the eye's of those who completely misunderstood her. She is made out to be a creative "genius," though I never quite catch a hold of that line of thought, I mostly found her a tad whiny and overwhelming. I enjoyed the layout of the storyline, told mostly through letters and correspondence that had come into Bee's possession. I also liked that after each letter, Bee's own thoughts on the matter were there to help set things straight-I felt like I got to know Bernadette better than anyone else in the book did. This very fact helped softened my feelings near the end, which had me questioning Bernadette as a mother, and a human being. Her decision(s) were justified, but not enough to make me like her overall. The twists in this book were hard-hitting, and made for one hell of a climax. The sarcastic, and satirical humour had me laughing out loud on more than one occasion-serious laughs, not just "ha-has." I especially enjoyed the numerous mentions of us Canadians being too into "equality." An entertaining read, though the build-up throughout the book led to a mostly mediocre ending. I recommend this book to all mothers, everywhere, who know that you could lose your mind once in a good while, but you could never lose the love you have for your children. Also, for those looking for a few good, heart healthy laughs.
Date published: 2013-01-29
Rated 4 out of 5 by from A fun easy read This book is packed with humour and characters that you love to get to know. It's written in a fun, modern voice that resonated with me. Once I got started I couldn't put it down. It has "make me into a romantic comedy movie" written all over it! true things all wrapped up just a little too easily and rapidly near the end - but it is so endearing you won't be inclined to worry about that.
Date published: 2012-11-02
Rated 5 out of 5 by from Wonderful I really enjoyed Maria Semple's style of writing. It fit the novel perfectly and was an interesting way of telling the story. All of the characters were portrayed as unique individuals and, throughout the course of Where'd You Go, Bernadette, you got to know the characters as people - there was a lot of character development. The only thing that I would've changed in this book was the ending - I thought that there was still ongoing issues that weren't resolved, but at the same time, that fact allows the reader to make up their own ending and imagine where the characters end up. Overall, a great read!
Date published: 2012-08-25
Rated 5 out of 5 by from A quirky, heartfelt read! This book was extremely unique! The epistolary form, though rarely attempted, really helped showcase Semple's talent. Extremely quirky and heartfelt, I laughed out loud and even shed a tear near the end. I would highly recommend this. The perfect read to curl up with for the fall!
Date published: 2012-08-21

– More About This Product –

Where'd You Go, Bernadette: A Novel

by Maria Semple

Format: Hardcover

Dimensions: 336 pages, 9.5 × 6.25 × 1.25 in

Published: August 14, 2012

Publisher: Little, Brown And Company

Language: English

The following ISBNs are associated with this title:

ISBN - 10: 0316204277

ISBN - 13: 9780316204279

About the Book

To her Microsoft-guru husband, Bernadette'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 her 15-year-old, she is a best friend and, simply, Mom. Then Bernadette disappears.

From the Publisher

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 includingArrested Development,Mad About You, andEllen. She escaped from<_st13a_city _w3a_st="on">Los Angelesand lives with her family in<_st13a_city _w3a_st="on"><_st13a_place _w3a_st="on">Seattle, where her second novel takes place.

Editorial Reviews

"To say this book is quirky would be something of an understatement. It is also very funny, snarky, smart, occasionally confusing, and cleverly constructed."-Aspen Daily News
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