Where'd You Go, Bernadette: A Novel

August 14, 2012|
Where'd You Go, Bernadette: A Novel by Maria Semple
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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.
Maria Sempleis the author ofThis One Is MineandToday Will Be Different. Before turning to fiction, she wrote forMad About You,Ellen, andArrested Development. Her writing has appeared in The New Yorker. She lives in Seattle.
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Title:Where'd You Go, Bernadette: A Novel
Format:Hardcover
Product dimensions:336 pages, 9.21 X 6.14 X 0.88 in
Shipping dimensions:336 pages, 9.21 X 6.14 X 0.88 in
Published:August 14, 2012
Publisher:Little, Brown And Company
Language:English
Appropriate for ages:All ages
ISBN - 13:9780316204279

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