336 pages, 9.5 × 6.25 × 1.25 in
August 14, 2012
Little, Brown And Company
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.
"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