Where'd You Go, Bernadette

Where'd You Go, Bernadette

eBook - 2012
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A misanthropic matriarch leaves her eccentric family in crisis when she mysteriously disappears in this whip-smart and "divinely funny" novel that inspired the movie starring Cate Blanchett (New York Times).

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 her best friend and, simply, Mom.

Then Bernadette vanishes. It all 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, and secret correspondence--creating a compulsively readable and surprisingly touching novel about misplaced genius and a mother and daughter's role in an absurd world.

Baker & Taylor
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 in this new novel from the author of This One is Mine. 25,000 first printing.

Publisher: New York :, Little, Brown and Company,, 2012
ISBN: 9780316401593
Characteristics: 1 online resource
text file, rda
Additional Contributors: OverDrive, Inc. - Distributor
Alternative Title: Where did you go, Bernadette

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Apr 17, 2019

Wasn't sure I was a fan of the letter-format this book takes. The ending really brought it home, though.

Mar 15, 2019

Bob's wife says: I saw the movie trailer and thought it looked great so I decided to give the book a try. Normally I love these send-ups of people who have more money than brains but this one just irritated me. The more Bernadette rambled, the more I disliked her. The kid was sweet though.

Feb 12, 2019

Easy, fast read. The first half was intriguing and hard to put down. The correspondence and different points of view enhanced the already lively story. I read the first half in one sitting. As a mother, the first half was so relatable - on a larger scale, but still relatable. The second half was a little slower, not as exciting, but amusing. It is definitely one to read when needing a pick-me-up or just an easy read. Witty and funny. I will recommend to friends.

Feb 10, 2019

Easy, light read. Story is told through a series of emails, notes, etc. which reminded me a bit of Big Little Lies (a better use of your time IMO). Parts are funny it's interesting to see if from different characters viewpoints to build on the story. I know this book isn't meant to be a literary classic, but I found some of it to be so outrageous and impossible that it's hard to take the book seriously. The books was creative, so I found the ending to be sort of phoned in.

Hillsboro_JenniFerg Feb 06, 2019

What a fun read! It's so clever, and the characters are very engaging. It's structured in a very unique way and kept me guessing until the very end.

IndyPL_SteveB Jan 24, 2019

This clever novel is like watching a mosaic being made, one color at a time. You see bits and pieces but the entire picture doesn’t come into focus until near the end. Bernadette Fox is a formerly all-star architect, depressed and somewhat insane, stranded (she feels) in the horrible city of Seattle, because her husband works at Microsoft. Their daughter Bee is a very bright 8th grader with big ambitions. Bernadette is at war with an equally crazy neighbor, Audrey. Bernadette has made one friend in the past 10 years, an on-line assistant, supposedly in India, whom she hires to do internet purchases for her.

As the book begins, we discover that Bernadette has disappeared and Bee is putting together a book of material to figure out where she went. Most of the story is told through e-mails, faxes, and letters written by the various characters, each of whom are extremely unreliable narrators. Some of the scenes are hilarious, as you might expect from a former television writer for *Mad About You*, *Ellen*, and *Arrested Development.* Big laughs!

Jan 04, 2019

Thoroughly enjoyed the journey. Laugh every time I see blackberries growing with a douchie house hovering on a hillside now. Planning a trip south....

ontherideau Oct 16, 2018

A spiral of absurdity, I couldn't stop reading.

Aug 15, 2018

Funny frantic summer-time read. Loved the many local references to Seattle and Microsoft.

A witty, funny, and at times sad tale of the members of the Branch/Fox family. The story follows the mental convolutions of a super intelligent family and their neighbors and the strange circumstances that lead everyone to become dysfunctional. A real good read.

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Hillsboro_JenniFerg Feb 06, 2019

"Parking in Seattle is an 8 step process." Ha!

M_ALCOTT Jul 30, 2014

" One of the main reasons I don't like leaving the house is because I might find myself face-to-face with a Canadian. Seattle is crawling with them. You probably think, U.S./Canada, they're interchangeable because they're both filled with English-speaking, morbidly obese white people. Well Manjula, you couldn't be more mistaken."-Excerpt from an email Bernadette sent to her virtual assistant Manjula

Jul 07, 2013

Chihulys are the pigeons of Seattle. They're everywhere, and even if they don't get in your way, you can't help but build up a kind of antipathy toward them. --Page 162, paperback edition.

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