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.
Not only is this book set in the city I live in, it's also set in my particular neighborhood. So while I was reading, I could picture the people and places the author was describing. And, even though I love Seattle, I was greatly amused by the descriptions of the people and of the idiosyncracies of this city and its residents and thought the author was spot-on. And I could relate to her annoyances in many cases- Bernadette especially is annoyed by things like Seattle's numerous five-way stop signs, and when we pulled up to one today, I burst out laughing.
The story in Where'd You Go, Bernadette is told through emails and letters to and from Bernadette and to and from secondary characters in the book. It's a story of trying to find Bernadette- both her internal search for herself and for stability, and later a physical search by her beloved daughter to try to find her after she disappears. The main character, Bernadette, is crazy and funny and sure of herself and totally lost all at the same time. But above all, she loves her daughter and her daughter loves her, no matter how insane and out of control things get.
This is definitely a darkly comedic book, but it's well-written and funny, with characters who grow and change in the course of the novel. Overall, a very enjoyable weekend read.
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