Where’d You Go, Bernadette
Author: Maria Semple
Genre: Contemporary Fiction
First Published: August 14th 2012
Length: 330 pages
Notoriously competent and accomplished Bernadette Fox is falling apart. After horribly bungling a school fundraiser, she disappears, leaving her husband and teenage daughter to clean up her mess. While investigating her mother’s disappearance, Bee discovers a secret past Bernadette has been hiding for decades.
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Bernadette Fox has vanished.
When her daughter Bee claims a family trip to Antarctica as a reward for perfect grades, Bernadette, a fiercely intelligent shut-in, throws herself into preparations for the trip. But worn down by years of trying to live the Seattle life she never wanted, Ms. Fox is on the brink of a meltdown. And after a school fundraiser goes disastrously awry at her hands, she disappears, leaving her family to pick up the pieces–which is exactly what Bee does, weaving together an elaborate web of emails, invoices, and school memos that reveals a secret past Bernadette has been hiding for decades. Where’d You Go Bernadette is an ingenious and unabashedly entertaining novel about a family coming to terms with who they are and the power of a daughter’s love for her mother.