Where’d You Go, Bernadette

Where’d You Go, Bernadette

Maria Semple

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.

Maria Semple discusses her book with WSJ:

Where’d You Go, Bernadette - In the press

“When writing her bestseller Where’d You Go, Bernadette, Maria Semple drew on her extensive exp...

“Maria Semple’s relocation to Seattle caused her to stop writing, however, once she overcame th...

We are delighted to share the news that Maria Semple’s novel Where’d You Go, Bernadette, shortl...

Where’d You Go, Bernadette - Reviews

“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”

For the full review

Andrew Saffron

“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...

Seattle Times

“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

“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, Sea...

For the full review

Lee Feller, Time Out Tel Aviv

“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 t...

For the full review

Ilit Karp, Haaretz

“A wonderful book which I enjoyed devouring. It causes the reader to reflect as well as laugh, and is full of surprises.”

For the full review

Rutha Kopfer, Haaretz

“Where’d You Go, Bernadette has some sublime parenting LOL moments and razor sharp social criticism… Chick-Lit at its very best.”

For the full review

Ran Bin Noon, Yedioth Aharonot