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
It made me happy sometimes that's all I want from a book. I think I will listen to it again.
Enjoyed this more than I expected to. Excellent characters, funny but with complexity. Really nice descriptive writing. All the different voices rang true. Entertaining mystery at the center.
I'm thankful I don't have to listen to her talk or sing anymore. I felt the book took a while to get interesting, the daughter sounded too young and immature for her intellectual capacity and age. I thought she was 8 not 15. Too much was left unfinished at the end. Mehhhhh.
This book has some interesting characters but I feel like it can be summed up as first world drama. I guess it's true to life as I know people like these characters but I personally find these types of people a little irritating, thusly this book was probably not a good pick for me.
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