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 loved this book. At first I found the narrator's voice annoying, but then I began to really appreciate her range. I felt like each character was truly distinct. The story is excellent as well. It was so much fun. I've listened to it several times now. One of my favorites!
Absolutely! The story was fun, the narration was fantastic and I actually laughed out loud.
Its really hard to pick one since so many characters are given a unique voice in this performance. But I'd narrow it down to either Bee or Bernadette.
No, but she was fantastic. I will be looking for others narrated by her.
Natasha Riley-Noah, Human
Loved every moment of this work. Thank you Maria for letting us follow Bernadette and showing us how she found herself, even if it took her going to the ends of the earth.
This story line is pretty bazaar but I enjoyed it. I have to confess I almost abandoned this book because I could not get past the first chapter. In the beginning the dialogue is all emails, which drove me crazy. I want to hear a story not hear multiple email conversations. Once I got past that I felt better about finishing the book.
The story was quirky and wonderful, but the narrator made the book. Bernadette was unusual, damaged and complex, while her daughter was unique, confident and independent. They were the perfect combination of two characters who know each others' thoughts and complete each other. Bea reminded me of the main character in The Sweetness at the Bottom of the Pie because of her spunky resilience in a challenging situation. The family in this book struggles with different issues but they still love each other. A fun, quick read. Loved it.
I read this for a book club and didn't really know what it was going to be like. At first I was skeptical, but the more I listened the more I loved it. Just a really well done story. I enjoyed it so much.
I literally cannot think of one... Someone with severe ADHD?
This story was so twisted and weird... I kept thinking it would become more cohesive and make sense, but this had a joke of an ending. She had to get her teeth pulled to go to Antarctic and totally ditcher her entire family because of an old architecture dream? WHAT?!
Anyone. Stephen Hawking.
I REALLY dislike books written in the format of emails, letters, and diary entries. Just for that reason, I almost gave this book only two stars. And to the narrator, Kathleen Wilhoite, the 't' in the word 'often' is SILENT!!
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