New York : Little, Brown and Co., c2012
330 p. ; 25 cm ISBN/ISSN:
9780316204279, 0316204277, Language:
Winner of the 2013 Alex Award
When her notorious, hilarious, volatile, talented, troubled, and agoraphobic mother goes missing, teenage Bee begins a trip that takes her to the ends of the earth to find her
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Where'd You Go Bernadette is an absolute riot and after I finished reading it, I was sad the book was over and I actually missed the characters. I found myself wishing that I could meet and hang out with Bernandette in real life (Am I the only strange person that feels this way when I read a good book?)
Bernadette Fox is a wife and mother living in Seattle who suffers from anxiety and agoraphobia and would be happy to never have to deal face-to-face with anyone ever again. But, life creeps in and Bernadette has to co-exist with the overachieving moms at her daughter's school and deal with a growing feud with her neighbor. The tension rises as Bernadette and her family plan a vacation to Antarctica and in the midst of everything Bernadette disappears. Her daughter, Bee looks into Bernadette's emails, letters and events in an attempt to reconstruct what happened and to find her mother.
Maria Semple's writing style is ingenious and the storey unfolds in a series of emails and letters that lead up to Bernadette's disappearance. I promise you will find yourself laughing out loud at this witty and satirical novel about the chaos of motherhood and life.
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