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Publisher Description

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.

Fiction & Literature
August 14
Little, Brown and Company
Hachette Digital, Inc.

Customer Reviews

Catinmv ,

Where did you go Bernadette

Loved this book. So well written and stayed true to the end.

grant78 ,


I couldn’t finish the book. I keep hoping that the book would pick up but there was just nothing that kept me interested.

kaykaybean13 ,

Hilarious, witty sarcastic and pessimistic view of a jaded middle aged mom

So many mothers will relate to the impulsive reactions Bernadette has to over involved and elitist parents who are invested in their child’s KINDERGARTEN acceptance. You know what’s coming down the ramp when this kid is college application ready.
Great story of an artistic genius who doesn’t conform to the norms, exhibits quirky, off the cuff behavior but does this quirkiness have more to it??
Couldn’t put it downp

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