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.
©2012 Maria Semple (P)2012 Hachette Audio
I truly enjoyed the characters in this story - each with an interesting mix of quirky, tragic, loving and ugly traits. And, as someone working in "hi-tech", it was fun to hear the bits about Microsoft, Ted Talks, etc.
Probably my my favorite audiobook download. Interesting and intriguing story, excellent narration. Could not wait to get back in my car to continue the story! Would sometimes stay in my car an extra minute to keep listening. Download now!!!
This book was great! The story was captivating and the unique style in which it is presented contributed to the mystery of Bernadette.
Narration was a bit confusing at times, especially during some of the longer correspondences, but overall well done.
A very entertaining read. I got hooked from the beginning and finished it very fast. It's a very well planned storyline and will be especially entertaining to those who, like myself, live in Seattle.
There are what I would consider loose ends, though, so I'm guessing a follow up book is planned.
Loved this book! the characters are unique, layered and the narrator is amazing at expressing th characters though her voice. As light hearted as this book is, there are moments where you feel the sincerity of love between certain characters.
Was I the only one who felt like maybe Bernadette DID need psychological help?
Didn't love this story or how it wrapped up.
It wasn't the use of mixed media that bothered me. Bernadette's rants were exhausting after a while. I guess you could say I never fell in love with the characters. Maybe worst of all, the dialogue and narration of Bee would be more believable if she was 11 or 12. I could not wrap my mind around the notion that she was 15.
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