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
Attorney - love to listen to audio books
Great book. Interesting story. Fantastic reader. I started this book and did not turn it off until I finished. The author smacked so called "do gooders" for their hypocrisy and snarkiness and I appreciated her sentiments. She did all this smacking in a funny and interesting story with great characters and outlandish situations. Even while "smacking" the author does seem to recognize that everything is not black and white. Very well done. The reader is excellent. At first I thought she was over the top, but after the first couple of chapters I realized that she was performing that way for a very good reason and I began to really enjoy her performance. I particularly liked O Holy Night. She sang it extremely well. This book set in my library for months and I am glad I finally downloaded and listened. I am sorry I put it off so long.
The story starts off a tad slow but you soon get into it. The narrator is so enthusiastic, she pulls you in.
you feel every emotion and find yourself guessing on what will happen and how you feel about some characters. I would read this over and listen along with it.
This was predictable with a predictable ending. I didn't find it stimulating in any way. I kept hoping for something unexpected but it just never came.
I really enjoyed this book. It was very entertaining and there were times that I literally laughed out loud. In addition to the story itself, the performance was excellent.
I think very young will like it. It is a unique story, a little nod to Gone Girl twist. Teen girls will relate.
It has a happy ending. There was a twist at the end but most things were somewhat predictable.
She did the characters well. I will not be seeking her out however.
I would have to say at several points in the book there were long diatribes that drove me crazy!
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