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.
APPLE BOOKS REVIEW
There’s genuine affection and tenderness underneath the madcap twists and cheeky humor of Maria Semple’s breakthrough novel, Where’d You Go, Bernadette. The tragicomic tale follows teenager Bee Branch’s quest to find her troubled mother—who has disappeared without a trace. The novel is structured as a sort of dossier of emails and everyday documents, but Gilmore Girls actress Kathleen Wilhoite does a great job evoking Bee’s earnest, bewildered voice even when she’s reading things like a mysterious ER bill. Semple’s sharp-elbowed jabs at Seattle tech culture and suburban mommy wars provide plenty of laughs.
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Perfect commuter book
This book is great. I love the story and the way it is constructed. I have one hour each way commute. I was literally looking forward to it just to listen to this book. Amazing narrator. Love it. I want to listen to it again!
I am already missing the characters. I really loved this audiobook. The narrator was sublime!
Pulled me in from the beginning
I finished this book last night and I'm missing it already. I rarely feel that way about a book anymore. The narrator was the best I've ever heard!!