A New York Times bestseller
Finalist for the 2013 Women's Prize for Fiction
A Time Magazine Top 10 Book of 2012 for Fiction
An iBooks bestseller
A USA Today bestseller
A Los Angeles Times bestseller
A London Guardian Pick of 10 Runaway Mothers in Fiction
BuzzFeed Books Pick of 19 Books to Read before the Movie Comes OUt
A 2012 San Francisco Chronicle Best Book for Fiction
A 2012 eMusic Best Audiobook of the Year for Fiction
A Barnes & Noble Best Book of 2012
Selected for the Barnes & Noble Discover Award
A Kansas City Star Top 100 Book of 2012
Winner of the 2013 YALSA Alex Award
A Publishers Weekly bestseller
A BookPage Best Book of 2012
Bernadette is a frightfully intelligent wife and mother whose intense allergy to Seattle specifically, and to people in general, has driven her to hire a virtual assistant in India to execute even her most basic tasks. Then her daughter, Bee, insists on a family trip to Antarctica as her reward for getting perfect grades in middle school, and Bernadette is faced with the daunting prospect of actual human interaction. The timing could not be worse. Worn down by years of dealing with Seattle's polite drivers, overzealous moms, and proximity to Idaho (and don't even get her started on Canada), Bernadette is already on the brink of a breakdown.
Throw in a feud with her neighbor over Bernadette's rampant blackberry bushes, the scandal that erupts when she runs over another mother's foot at the school's drop-off, and a class fundraiser that goes disastrously awry-and it is all too much. Bernadette vanishes, leaving her Microsoft-guru husband, a horde of angry parents, and questioning police officers to pick up the pieces. Desperate to find her mother, Bee probes her emails, invoices, school memos, private correspondence, and other evidence, conjuring out of those shards a portrait of a woman she never knew before-and a secret that could explain everything.
Where'd You Go, Bernadette is an ingenious and unabashedly entertaining novel about a family coming to terms with who they are. It is also a riotous satire of privilege and an unsentimental but powerful story of a daughter's unflinching love for her imperfect mother.
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