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
This was a great under-rated book. I loved the narration - though, I can see how some would be annoyed by it. The story is great - funny, sad, relevant. I've listened to great deep books. This book is an easy listen that is deep enough. I loved it.
I've seen Kathleen Wilhoite the actress, but hearing her narration of this book was a revelation. Her reading is what got me hooked on the story and the characters. I hope I am able to find more books she's narrated.
I found the characters intriguing although the plot resolution was probably the weakest element of the whole. All in all, I would gladly listen to another book by this author and by this narrator.
the book was great and was exactly wanted to listen a kid listern to a book that doesn't have expression in her voice
The author had me hooked the whole way! I cannot believe how true to life this story could be and I was left wanting so much more. If you are a husband, wife, mother, or business was person his story will amaze you! We all get "stuck" and we all have a past. I recommend this book completely!
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