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Where'd You Go, Bernadette (original 2012; edition 2012)

by Maria Semple

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Title:Where'd You Go, Bernadette
Authors:Maria Semple
Info:W&N (2012), Hardcover, 336 pages
Collections:Your library
Rating:*****
Tags:Seattle, Antartica, families

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Where'd You Go, Bernadette by Maria Semple (2012)

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I listened to the audiobook, which is very well read. This is an "epistolary" novel, not one of my favorite formats, but very successful in this instance. A satisfying summer diversion. Somewhat uneven, but the hilarious moments more than made up for the occasional tedium. ( )
  LizHD | Mar 25, 2015 |
This is a book with characters you will not easily forget. I loved the way Semple put down a satirizing picture of the Seattle elite: the Microsoft environment, Subaru and Mercedes parents, schools preparing for the Ivy League universities ... Made me think of writers as John Irving and Richard Russo and Anne Tyler, but in a lighter version. Great reading! ( )
  chrisgalle | Mar 5, 2015 |
This was a fun, fast read. Fast in the sense of can't-put-it-down. I was quickly drawn into the engrossing plot and I thought there was great character development. I also enjoyed the tone of the book very much. This is a highly entertaining book that I recommend to everyone. ( )
  Kelly_Mills | Mar 4, 2015 |
This was fantastic fun book. It starts a little weird, but builds toward an unexpected and wonderful ending. I enjoyed it so much. ( )
  TerriBooks | Mar 3, 2015 |
I'm not exactly sure how I feel about this honestly ( )
  beearedee | Feb 14, 2015 |
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The book stumbles a bit in the middle as it transitions from a scathing anti-Seattle manifesto into a family drama with comic undertones. But once the gears have finished their grinding and the shuddering subsides, Semple eases into her strongest work yet, allowing her characters to change in a way that suits the story, and not just shooting for an easy punch line or a sharply worded barb. In the end, with its big heart set on acceptance, Bernadette feels something like coming home.
added by Nickelini | editthe Stranger, Paul Constant (Aug 12, 2012)
 
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.
added by ozzer | editNY Times, Janet Maslin (Aug 6, 2012)
 
Semple is a TV comedy writer, and the pleasures of Where'd You Go, Bernadette are the pleasures of the best American TV: plot, wit and heart. (There are places where Semple really wants to be writing dialogue, and stretches the epistolary conceit of the novel to suit.) It's rather refreshing to find a female misunderstood genius at the heart of a book, and a mother-daughter relationship characterised by unadulterated mutual affection. If Bernadette is a monster of ego, Semple suggests, so are most people, when they're being honest. In her spiky but essentially feelgood universe, failure and self-exposure open up a rich seam of comedy, but shame can always be vanquished by love
 

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Author nameRoleType of authorWork?Status
Maria Sempleprimary authorall editionsconfirmed
Broeder, LindaTranslatorsecondary authorsome editionsconfirmed
Chichereau, CarineTranslatorsecondary authorsome editionsconfirmed
de Vicq, Fearn CutlerDesignersecondary authorsome editionsconfirmed
Hayes, KeithCover artistsecondary authorsome editionsconfirmed
Leiva Morales, ÁngelesTranslatorsecondary authorsome editionsconfirmed
Wilhoite, KathleenNarratorsecondary authorsome editionsconfirmed
Xie, JingwenTranslatorsecondary authorsome editionsconfirmed
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When Bee aces her report card she claims her reward, which is a trip to Antarctica, but her mother, Bernadette, disappears due to her intensifying allergy to Seattle and people in general, which has made her so agoraphobic that a virtual assistant in India now runs her most basic errands and Bee uses emails, invoices, school memos, private correspondence, and other evidence to try and understand why her mother has left.
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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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