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 am a fictional reader. I like strong female characters that's don't require a romance story line.
when the story started as emails I groaned.
but it worked well.
voices could be more distinct
would get another book by this author.
My parents told me that my very first word was...BOOK! That was no surprise to me. I have always been surrounded by books.
Not in a million years. I tried the first two hours...twice, just in case it turned out that I just "wasn't in the mood" the first time around. I 100% fail to see how this is (a) funny; (b) engaging; and (c) worthy of all the rave reviews.
And what genre would that be? Complete gas? Yes
Doubtful. Her voice makes me want to claw my ears off.
Sadness...I wasted a credit and four hours of my life on this crap.
Excellent depiction of the world of glass houses. The story was great fun, the narrator brought each character to life, creating poignant characatures of each one. Thorough enjoyment!
I loved the story and narrator was awesome. Her voice and tone really helped lend a hand to building the characters. I love the writers work too. This book is funny, curious, and a fun tale to follow.
This book was a breath of fresh air. I loved all the quirky characters and the writing style. There are so many aspects to the story, but I felt everything came together nicely, and it wasn't difficult to keep up with the different stories and characters. The book told an interesting story, in a unique way, and did a great job painting the scenes, characters, and events with delightful turns of phrase that made me laugh, think, and thoroughly enjoy this story. I am sad to be finished.
I enjoyed the dramatic style of the narrator. It put the story in perspective and emphasized the large, colorful personalities of the characters.
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