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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, Malletts Adult, Traverwood Adult, West 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.

Community Reviews

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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