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  • Published: New York : Little, Brown and Co., 2012.
  • Year Published: 2012
  • Edition: 1st ed.
  • Description: 330 p.
  • Language: English
  • Format: Book

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  • 9780316204279
  • 0316204277

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Where'd you go, Bernadette

by Semple, Maria.

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Call number: Fiction

Available Copies: Downtown 1st Floor, Pittsfield Adult, Traverwood Adult

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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.

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A great book that's hard to explain

Our book club read this and we ALL loved it!! Funny, clever and so creative... It's hard to explain the book, but I keep telling people about it and to read it and those that do also enjoy it and even have said it's the best book they've read in a long time!

Decent Summer Read

This book takes on the perspective of a precocious teen called Bee, who tries to balance living with her very different parents and orchestrating a trip to Antarctica. I enjoyed the second half of the book (when Semple gets into the meat of the mother, Bernadette) and wish there would have been more of that from the start. Easy book to pick up and put down- perfect to enjoy in a lawn chair or at the beach!

A funny quick read

I really liked this book a lot. This book I would say is greatly written in correspondence format which is what I like because it does make it a quick read but it allows us the reader inside several characters minds and their thought process which makes this book quite hard to follow at times. In the end this is a quite enjoyable quick read.

At once charming and deep

I loved this book! It was so well done and the characters were portrayed beautifully. I laughed out loud and actually cried at the end. A very touching story about the depth of our relationships.

Fun fun fun!

This was one of those totally plot-driven stories that's a great summer read. I couldn't give a whit about any of the characters. Normally I'd want to feel sympathy for a child, but this one didn't do much for me. :) I did enjoy the threads of the story, though...least so the microsoft emails/memos and most the emails between Audrey and Soo-Lin. I was also overly amused by the "gnats" reference. I used to live near people like that. That was worth the price of admission right there. Grab a glass of wine and enjoy!

Best book I've read in years

My mom read this for her book club, and said I MUST read it. My book club also selected this book. The verdict? Everyone loved it.

It's a charming work about mother daughter relationships, how a mother's identity changes (or doesn't) after having a child, and a great mystery to boot. Just lovely.

Light satire

I read this on a whim at the suggestion of a friend. It proved to be a quick, laugh out loud read. Bernadette (the mother), is very tounge-in-cheek and speaks to the rediculousless of one-upping Mom's. The voice in this is perfect. I'm usually not a fan of chapter by chapter narrator switches, but this was well done and left me wanting more.

Summer Epistolary Fun

I usually don't like unreliable narrators (thinking of "Gone Girl" here!), and Bernadette and Audrey annoyed me at first with their back and forth stories told through e-mails, notes, journal entries, etc. But like the blackberry vines surrounding Bernadette's house, the narrative grew on me. It was funny, then it got ridiculous, then it became a little transcendental.

A fun light read about motherhood, anxiety, architecture, psychology, private schools, and Antarctica.

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