Where'd You Go, Bernadette

Where'd You Go, Bernadette

A Novel

Downloadable Audiobook - 2012
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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.
Publisher: Ashland : Sound Library, 2012
Edition: Unabridged
ISBN: 9781619691117

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bookpusher
Jul 30, 2019

What a fantastic book!! Sweet, funny story! I may even visit Antarctica! lol, my wisdom teeth have already been removed!! I listened to it in the car, and I must say Kathleen Wilhoite is an amazing reader, as well as an amazing singer!!!! I will be looking for more books read by her!

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darladoodles
Apr 12, 2019

I am so glad I decided to listen to this quirky novel on audio. It was a totally unexpected combination of emails, letters, articles, captain's reports and more. I really hesitate to say too much more about it as I don't want to spoil the experience for anyone. Despite Bernadette's obvious social phobias, you are still rooting for her and her daughter Bee is a delight. I am on the fence regarding the husband. He is an odd duck. Any which way, I would recommend this for road trips!

IndyPL_SteveB Jan 24, 2019

This clever novel is like watching a mosaic being made, one color at a time. You see bits and pieces but the entire picture doesn’t come into focus until near the end. Bernadette Fox is a formerly all-star architect, depressed and somewhat insane, stranded (she feels) in the horrible city of Seattle, because her husband works at Microsoft. Their daughter Bee is a very bright 8th grader with big ambitions. Bernadette is at war with an equally crazy neighbor, Audrey. Bernadette has made one friend in the past 10 years, an on-line assistant, supposedly in India, whom she hires to do internet purchases for her.

As the book begins, we discover that Bernadette has disappeared and Bee is putting together a book of material to figure out where she went. Most of the story is told through e-mails, faxes, and letters written by the various characters, each of whom are extremely unreliable narrators.
Some of the scenes are hilarious, as you might expect from a former television writer for *Mad About You*, *Ellen*, and *Arrested Development.* Big laughs!

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pakipika
Jul 11, 2018

Unfortunately, this story was not what I expected, did not hold my interest, and was returned without completing.

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FoxLarkin
Dec 25, 2017

An original look at family dynamics-for me, a new perspective on how loss, in this case, loss of professional identity, impacted Bernadette's life and consequently the life of her only child and husband.

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RoeDillon
Dec 25, 2016

Hysterical - very funny, a wonderful light story.

ArapahoeChristineS Oct 03, 2016

A unique way to approach a book, and a fun read.

PimaLib_MegginK May 07, 2015

I listened to this book and loved it. It's like a hilarious sitcom. My teenage son (who usually prefers music to my books in the car) didn't want me turn this one off!

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stephaniedchase
Apr 23, 2015

I am not sure I would have finished this novel if I had not been listening to it on audio -- what astoundingly self-absorbed and awful characters! Sure, that's partially the point; it's also not very fun to read.

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Daj_O
Apr 15, 2015

Tedious characters who get more bizarre and do increasingly things as the book plods on. They'd gleefully go on a midnight walk in a lonely wood when there's an escaped maniac murderer on the loose.

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Jun 20, 2019

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APlazek Feb 27, 2013

Where'd You Go, Bernadette is one of the quirkiest books of the year. It is a satire of the rich and the lifestyles of Seattle and Microsoft, but is dead on funny. Told through the voice of Bernadette's teenage daughter Bee (short for Balashnika) and vairous e-mails, text messages and other communications. Hysterical!

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