- Hardcover: 336 pages
- Publisher: Little, Brown and Company; 1 edition (14 August 2012)
- Language: English
- ISBN-10: 0316204277
- ISBN-13: 978-0316204279
- Product Dimensions: 15.9 x 3.2 x 24.1 cm
- Average Customer Review: 7 customer reviews
- Amazon Bestsellers Rank: #4,19,325 in Books (See Top 100 in Books)
Where'd You Go, Bernadette: A Novel Hardcover – 14 Aug 2012
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"This divinely funny, many-faceted novel...leaves convention behind. Instead, it plays to Ms. Semple's strengths as someone who can practice ventriloquism in many voices, skip over the mundane and utterly refute the notion that mixed-media fiction is bloggy, slack or lazy.... The tightly constructed WHERE'D YOU GO, BERNADETTE is written in many formats-e-mails, letters, F.B.I. documents, correspondence with a psychiatrist and even an emergency-room bill for a run-in between Bernadette and Audrey. Yet these pieces are strung together so wittily that Ms. Semple's storytelling is always front and center, in sharp focus. You could stop and pay attention to how apt each new format is, how rarely she repeats herself and how imaginatively she unveils every bit of information. But you would have to stop laughing first."―Janet Maslin, The New York Times
You don't have to know Seattle to get Maria Semple's broadly satirical novel.... Underlying the nontraditional narrative are insights into the cost of thwarted creativity and the power of mother-daughter bonds, although a reader may be having too much fun to notice."―O, The Oprah Magazine
"Delightfully droll.... Semple...cuts a wry slice of a life-one that's populated by private school helicopter parents, obsessively eco-conscious neighbors, and green-juice swilling, TED-talking husbands-and one that's sharp enough to make us feel slightly relieved about not having to live anywhere quite so bucolic."―Megan O'Grady, Vogue
"The characters in Where'd You Go, Bernadette may be in real emotional pain, but Semple has the wit and perspective and imagination to make their story hilarious. I tore through this book with heedless pleasure."
―Jonathan Franzen, author of Freedom
"There's a lot to like in Semple's charming novel, including the vivacious humor and the lesson that when creative forces like Bernadette stop creating, they become 'a menace to society.' Even more appealing is the mutually adoring mother-daughter relationship at its warm heart."―Heller McAlpin, NPR
"In her second novel...Semple pieces together a modern-day comic caper full of heart and ingenuity....a compelling composite of a woman's life-and the way she's viewed by the many people who share it. As expected from a writer who has written episodes of Arrested Development, the nuances of mundane interactions are brilliantly captured, and the overarching mystery deepens with each page, until the thoroughly satisfying dénouement."―Publisher's Weekly (Starred Review)
"A comedic delight..."―Family Circle
"Agoraphobia and Antarctica are among the elements in Maria Semple's terrific novel."―Parade
"Semple's affecting characters, not-necessarily-nice humor and surprising plot twists make this novel an enchanting ride."―Carolyn Kellogg, Los Angeles Times
"Warm, dark, sad, funny-and a little bit screwball.... This is an inventive and very funny novel that gets bonus points for transcending form."―Susan Coll, The Washington Post
About the Author
Maria Semple's first novel, This One is Mine, was set in Los Angeles, where she also wrote for television shows including Arrested Development, Mad About You, and Ellen. She escaped from
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By the end of the book, i simply had a big smile on my face.
Loved it to the core..
I can only imagine how the movie will turn out to be..
The story is written in thoughts (bold font) and letters and emails between characters. Main thoughts being Bernadette, Bee and Elgin Branch but also of a couple of other minor characters that have a major role to play in the story. At first I almost put it away because I was sure I would dislike the format but it was a lot more interesting that one might think it’ll be. They felt more like a voyeuristic view of these people’s lives with additions and contributions in their own voice. So delightful.
The story is an exhausting ride, but exhausting in a good way, between losing Bernadette and finding Bernadette. I adored every second of this book except for the last twenty or so pages where it felt all too nicely tied up with a bow. This is a quirky story that’ll keep you turning the pages and laughing and cringing at most of the happenings. I can’t write more and I’m concluding this abruptly because I want to shove this book in people’s faces and tell them to read it.
Whats up with Bernadette - she's supposedly the creative - Ivy leagued, award-winning architect, with a failed project behind, staying at home - managing her daughter life and her life for the sake of her daughter (not their home, which is bizarre - and dysfunctional that she provides food and clothing not decent shelter - that should explain her social anxiety!) unsympathetic and angry at the world - not wanting to be 'regular' and 'normal' like other people - doing what regular and normal people do - struggling and facing challenges raising a child who needed special attention - without any creativity!
Works keeps him safe and sane - away from family. The father is distant and absent - very concerned in the crisis.
When it gets to the point that, the child is not a special child who needs intense care, and Bee can move to a boarding school - mom Bernadette has a breakdown - other characters has breakdowns. They all need help.
By page 100 I was put off - epistolary novels are one thing, this was like a collage, patchy, back and forth communication and it made the book surreal (who sends memos to gossip about other parent) and I took reasonable break from this book.
Apart from the main characters - Bernadette and Bee, maybe a bit of Elgie there was nothingness, in characters, in their struggles, in their lives - they fizzled away after being patched up to let out the opinions on Seattle, LA, Canada, Antarctica, people, corporations, doctors, pets, weather and everything else - accurate observations strikes a chord...then?
The writing - (creative) was all over the place, patchy, over board, mediocre, dismissive, exaggerated and abrupt. If it IS written - as though 14 year had written - still not justifiable - not good enough.
At the end of this book - I felt like I had fallen abruptly into crevasse in Antarctica, writing this review is to scramble myself out.
Thousands of 5 and 4 stars, baffling.
Two stars for reading the book and writing this review.
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