Tuesday, March 17, 2015

Where'd You Go Bernadette?

Synopsis (from Amazon): 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.

One (or more) Sentence Summary: ABSOLUTELY LOVED IT.  This book had me laughing so hard and I couldn't wait to get back to the book.  The characters are all so crazy and just make the story.  Go get it today and make sure you have some time to sit down and read away!  You won't regret it.

Favorite Character(s):  Bernadette - absolutely loved her and her points of view.  Bee, Bernadette's daughter, Audrey, the crazy neighbor and Soo-Lin, Adurey's friend and the lady Bernadette's husband has an affair with are all other favorites.  Every character in the book just complete the whole story.  

Setting:  Seattle/Northwest and Antarctica - who writes a book taking place in Antarctica?  I have never one before! It added to the nuttiness of the book.

Fast read/slow read:  So fast and I was so sad when I was finished….I wanted MORE.

What Others Are Saying:  "Comedy heaven.... This divinely funny, many-faceted novel...leaves convention behind. Instead, it plays to Ms. Semple's strengths as someone who can practice ventriloquism in many voices, skip over the mundane and utterly refute the notion that mixed-media fiction is bloggy, slack or lazy.... The tightly constructed WHERE'D YOU GO, BERNADETTE is written in many formats-e-mails, letters, F.B.I. documents, correspondence with a psychiatrist and even an emergency-room bill for a run-in between Bernadette and Audrey. Yet these pieces are strung together so wittily that Ms. Semple's storytelling is always front and center, in sharp focus. You could stop and pay attention to how apt each new format is, how rarely she repeats herself and how imaginatively she unveils every bit of information. But you would have to stop laughing first."—Janet Maslin, The New York Times

"You don't have to know Seattle to get Maria Semple's broadly satirical novel.... Underlying the nontraditional narrative are insights into the cost of thwarted creativity and the power of mother-daughter bonds, although a reader may be having too much fun to notice."—O, The Oprah Magazine

Would I Read Other Books by the Author: Are you kidding? ABSOLUTELY! I found she wrote This One is Mine.I have to have it!

Maria Semple wrote for the television shows Arrested Development, Ellen and Mad About You. Her writing has appeared in The New Yorker and The Los Angeles Times. She lives in Seattle.


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