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5 out of 55 out of 55 out of 55 out of 55 out of 5 5.00 (1 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: August 2012 ISBN: 9781611134674
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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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  • With a sure feel for the screwball and the slapstick, Maria Semple deliciously sends up the privileged, overachieving, PC world of Emerald City. Where'd You Go, Bernadette is a crazy quilt of an epistolary novel, utterly contemporary yet pleasingly old-fashioned, and always light and witty. Stewart O'Nan, author of The Odds
  • Where'd You Go, Bernadette is fresh and funny and accomplished, but the best thing about it was that I never had any idea what was going to happen next. It was a wild ride... Kate Atkinson, author of Case Histories and Started Early, Took My Dog
  • Maria Semple dissects the gory complexities of familial dysfunction with a deft and tender hand. Where'd You Go, Bernadette is a triumph of social observation and black comedy by a skillful chronicler of moneyed malaise. Patrick deWitt, author of The Sisters Brothers
  • In her second novel...Semple pieces together a modern-day comic caper full of heart and ingenuity....a compelling composite of a woman's life-and the way she's viewed by the many people who share it. 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 dénouement. Publisher's Weekly Starred Review
  • Semple's snappy writing and spot-on humor make this one of the funniest beach reads of the summer. Meganne Fabrega, Minneapolis Star Tribune
  • [A] high-energy, often hilarious epistolary novel. - Brangien Davis, Seattle Magazine
  • If you read only one book this summer about an agoraphobic mother and her broken promise to take her daughter Bee on a trip to Antarctica, make it this one....Semple writes like an oversized plume, finding all your tickle spots with ease. Holley Simmons, Washington Post Express
  • An uproarious comedy of manners People Magazine
  • It was only a matter of time before Maria Semple turned her hilariously wicked, razor-sharp, acid-etched humor loose on Seattle, and set her impeccable laser sights on the heart of Microsoft. At times a tears-to-your-eyes laugher that skewers my own home town (and quite possibly my own mother), Where'd You Go, Bernadette is also a compassionate look at family dysfunction, the paralysis of genius, and good old-fashioned parental love. Cleverly constructed and brilliantly executed, Semple has driven this one home with great authority, and has proven, once again, that she ranks among contemporary literature's finest satirists. Garth Stein, author of The Art of Racing in the Rain
  • Brilliant, hilarious, endlessly inventive, and compulsively readable, Where'd You Go, Bernadette grabs you by the collar and never lets go. Semple is not only a masterful juggler, and an astute social critic, she is a magician! Jonathan Evison, author of West of Here
  • A delightfully funny book, that constantly catches one by surprise, Where'd You Go, Bernadette combines a shrewdly observed portrait of Seattle-life with, of all things, a mysterious disappearance in Antarctica. A pleasure. Matthew Kneale, author of When We Were Romans
  • It was only a matter of time before Maria Semple turned her hilariously wicked, razor-sharp, acid-etched humor loose on Seattle, and set her impeccable laser sights on the heart of Microsoft. At times a tears-to-your-eyes laugher that skewers my own home town (and quite possibly my own mother), Where'd You Go, Bernadette is also a compassionate look at family dysfunction, the paralysis of genius, and good old-fashioned parental love. Cleverly constructed and brilliantly executed, Semple has driven this one home with great authority, and has proven, once again, that she ranks among contemporary literature's finest satirists. Garth Stein, author of The Art of Racing in the Rain
  • With a sure feel for the screwball and the slapstick, Maria Semple deliciously sends up the privileged, overachieving, PC world of Emerald City. Where'd You Go, Bernadette is a crazy quilt of an epistolary novel, utterly contemporary yet pleasingly old-fashioned, and always light and witty. Stewart O'Nan, author of The Odds
  • Where'd You Go, Bernadette is fresh and funny and accomplished, but the best thing about it was that I never had any idea what was going to happen next. It was a wild ride... Kate Atkinson, author of Case Histories and Started Early, Took My Dog
  • Maria Semple dissects the gory complexities of familial dysfunction with a deft and tender hand. Where'd You Go, Bernadette is a triumph of social observation and black comedy by a skillful chronicler of moneyed malaise. Patrick deWitt, author of The Sisters Brothers
  • 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, author of Freedom
  • Brilliant, hilarious, endlessly inventive, and compulsively readable, Where'd You Go, Bernadette grabs you by the collar and never lets go. Semple is not only a masterful juggler, and an astute social critic, she is a magician! Jonathan Evison, author of West of Here
  • A delightfully funny book, that constantly catches one by surprise, Where'd You Go, Bernadette combines a shrewdly observed portrait of Seattle-life with, of all things, a mysterious disappearance in Antarctica. A pleasure. Matthew Kneale, author of When We Were Romans
  • “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.”

    Vogue

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

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About the Author
Maria Semple's first novel, This One is Mine, was set in Los Angeles, where she also wrote for television shows including Arrested Development, Mad About You, and Ellen. She escaped from Los Angeles and lives with her family in Seattle, where her second novel takes place.
About the Narrator

Kathleen Wilhoite is a film and television actress, as well as a singer-songwriter. She is known for her roles in the films Witchboard, Murphy’s Law, Lorenzo’s Oil, and The Edge. She is also known for her recurring roles on ER and Gilmore Girls, and for voicing the title character in the animated series Pepper Ann.