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4 out of 54 out of 54 out of 54 out of 54 out of 5 4.00 (3 ratings) (rate this audio book) Author: Maria Semple Narrator: Kathleen Wilhoite Publisher: Hachette Book Group Format: Unabridged Audiobook Delivery: Instant Download Audio Length: Release Date:
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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 fifteen-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.

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Quotes & Awards

  • “The characters in Where’d You Go, Bernadette may be in real emotional pain, but Semple has the wit and perspective and imagination to make their story hilarious. I tore through this book with heedless pleasure.”

    Jonathan Franzen, New York Times bestselling author of Freedom and The Corrections

  • “[A] divinely funny, many-faceted novel…Where’d You Go, Bernadette is written in many formats—e-mails, letters, FBI 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.”

    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

  • “Delightfully droll…[Semple] cuts a wry slice of a life-one that’s populated by private school helicopter parents, obsessively ecoconscious neighbors, and green-juice swilling, TED-talking husbands—and one that’s sharp enough to make us feel slightly relieved about not having to live anywhere quite so bucolic.”


  • “Utterly delightful…That rare good read that actually makes you feel good at the end.”

    Christian Science Monitor

  • “A modern-day comic caper full of heart and ingenuity…As expected from a writer who has written episodes of Arrested Development, the nuances of mundane interactions are brilliantly captured, and the overarching mystery deepens with each page, until the thoroughly satisfying denouement.”

    Publishers Weekly (starred review)

  • “Semple pokes fun at the Pacific Northwest as only a Seattleite can…Under the guise of a hilarious romp, Semple explores the universal questions of why we do what we do and love what we love to some sweet and unexpected ends.”

    Booklist (starred review)

  • “A cleverly constructed Internet-age domestic comedy about a wife/mother/genius architect who goes a little nuts from living in that cesspool of perfection and bad weather called Seattle…Sharply witty.”

    Kirkus Reviews

  • A 2012 Barnes & Noble Best Book
  • A New York Times Bestseller
  • Nominated for the Barnes & Noble Discover Award
  • A 2012 Time Magazine Top 10 Book for Fiction
  • A 2012 Kansas City Star Top 100 Book
  • A 2012 BookPage Best Book
  • A 2012 eMusic Best Audiobook of the Year for Fiction
  • Winner of a 2013 YALSA Alex Award
  • A USA Today Bestseller
  • A Los Angeles Times Bestseller
  • Finalist for the 2013 Women's Prize for Fiction
  • A Publishers Weekly Bestseller
  • A 2012 San Francisco Chronicle Best Book for Fiction

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  • 5 out of 55 out of 55 out of 55 out of 55 out of 5 by Bobby Wedemeyer | 12/4/2013

    " Absolutely outstanding. Very funny and also poignant. Narrator is one of the best ever! "

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