Where'd You Go, Bernadette-Tbk (Prebound)

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If you like to laugh, you must read Where'd You Go, Bernadette by Maria Semple.  When 15 year old Bee claims a family trip to Antarctica as her reward for good grades, her agoraphobic mother, Bernadette, throws herself into preparations for the trip.  As one disaster follows another, Bernadette disappears, leaving her family to pick up the pieces.  You'll love the book, and you should read it before the movie (starring Cate Blanchette) opens this summer!

— Diane Savage


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 including "Arrested Development," "Mad About You," and "Ellen." She escaped from Los Angeles and lives with her family in Seattle, where her second novel takes place.

Product Details
ISBN: 9780606353366
ISBN-10: 0606353364
Publisher: Turtleback Books
Publication Date: August 26th, 2014
Pages: 368
Language: English