Where’d You Go, Bernadette Up To Bat

Where'd You Go, BernadetteNow that I’m back to my regular life routine, I thought I would try and get back to my regular reading routine. That means a mom book, a fun book, a work book. Or something like that.

With a mom book down (Baby Love), it’s on to a fun book. Last night I cracked open the advanced reader edition of Maria Semple’s Where’d You Go, Bernadette that I received at BEA.

Here’s the synopsis:

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 15-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.

Most of the reviews I’ve read have been raves. Then again, a coworker read it and hated it. So I don’t know what to think, which is sometimes the best way to go into a book.


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