Where’d You Go, Bernadette? by Maria Semple

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☆••*´¨`*•.☆•• 5 stars ☆••*´¨`*•.☆••


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.


Where’d You Go, Bernadette is both humorous and suspenseful. The audiobook is delightfully narrated.

Bernadette Fox, a one-time celebrated architect, meets and marries Elgin Branch, a programming genius. Bernadette is brilliant but doesn’t work so well with many neighbors in her L.A. ‘hood. Once they settle in a Seattle suburb, life gets to be too humdrum. Elgin is busy being brilliant at Microsoft and Bernadette throws herself into raising their baby who was born with a heart defect. The hilarity begins and ends with the hovercraft parents at their daughter’s upscale private school.

The characters are rich and quirky. Sue Lin and Audrey are the perfect Queen Bee and Wannabe PTA parents. Elgin is the quintessential workaholic nerd who is oblivious to how his wife is just barely coping with her new surroundings. Bernadette is simply eccentric, and her daughter, Bee, is a delightfully precocious.

This engaging story is told partially from Bee’s POV and partially through emails. The plot was well paced. Once you start reading, you won’t want to put the book down.  Be prepared to embarrass yourself by laughing out loud.

Goodreads: https://www.goodreads.com/book/show/13526165-where-d-you-go-bernadette?ac=1&from_search=1

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