Where’d You Go, Bernadette by Maria Semple
Paperback: 352 pages
Publisher: Back Bay Books; Reprint edition (April 2, 2013)
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.
I can’t even begin to tell you how much I loved this book! I loved Bernadette and couldn’t understand why all her neighbors and other parents/teachers didn’t love her as much as I did. Yes, she was quirky (which I loved). Yes, her sense of humor was off beat (which I loved). But…she was smart, witty and an amazing character. Her daughter Bee was wise beyond her years and I loved her character too. As for those that I didn’t like much, Soo-Lin and Elgin are at the top of the list.
I haven’t read many epistolary novels, but the whole email aspect of the book was fun. The fact that Bernadette hired a “secretary” from another country was hilarious. Who would do that? Bernadette!! Did I say how much I loved her?
I thought it was amazing how the trip to Antarctica played out and don’t think it could have been written any better! It made reading that part of the story so exciting. I couldn’t wait to see what happened next. Ok, I felt that way all through the book, but expecially during that part.
If you’d like to read a book that is a bit different and funny, run and find this book!!
I have another book by this author, This One Is Mine, but haven’t read it yet. After reading Bernadette, it’s moved up my tbr list!