Where'd You Go, Bernadette
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.
"I tore through this book with heedless pleasure." – (Jonathan Franzen, author of Freedom)
"Where'd You Go, Bernadette has some sublime parenting LOL moments and razor sharp social criticism… Chick-Lit at its very best."
Ran Bin Noon, Yedioth Aharonot
"A wonderful book which I enjoyed devouring. It causes the reader to reflect as well as laugh, and is full of surprises."
Rutha Kopfer, Haaretz
"Maria Semple's book is superbly written, often funny and intriguing until the very end. In the process it dissects housewives and artists who fail to do their job... I read it in two days simply because I couldn't put it down.
Ilit Karp, Haaretz
"When writing her bestseller Where'd You Go, Bernadette, Maria Semple drew on her extensive experience as a comedy writer. This also helped her stop being angry at her current city, Seattle."
Lee Feller, Time Out Tel Aviv (part 1)
Lee Feller, Time Out Tel Aviv (part 2)
"Sharp and funny, a literary page turner..."
New York Post
"One of the big burst-of-oxygen books this year.... clever and inventive but also genuine and heartfelt."
New York Times
"Achingly funny and perfectly timed....Semple has a big heart, and possess that rare ability to skewer, dissect and empathize with her targets, all at the same time....Read BERNADETTE, laugh loud and long, then take a good look in the mirror."
"I am delighted to announce that the winner of the Melissa Nathan Award for Comedy Fiction about Life and Love is WHERE'D YOU GO, BERNADETTE by Maria Semple"