Where'd You Go, Bernadette

Where'd You Go, Bernadette

A Novel

Book - 2012
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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.
Publisher: New York : Little, Brown and Co., 2012.
Edition: 1st ed.
ISBN: 9780316204279
0316204277
9780316204262
0316204269
Characteristics: 330 p. ; 25 cm.
Alternative Title: Where did you go, Bernadette

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SHORTLISTED A comedy of manners about the Emerald City that brings together everything we love about the television show Arrested Development (for which Semple was a writer), mixes in hyperactive modern parenting, adds a healthy dash of comedy about business culture, and tells the story of a mot... Read More »


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iversl
Apr 17, 2019

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

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Bob
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.

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mharris1227
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.

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Kmoellering
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!

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Aunt_Jess
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.

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Estha
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

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darcerama
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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