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Where'd You Go, Bernadette by [Semple, Maria]
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"Smart [and] entertaining." "Ihsan Taylor, "New York Times Book Review"""

"Funniest book since the invention of the printing press." "Gary Shteyngart for Entertainment Weekly"""

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Maria Semple's Where'd You Go, Bernadette is the book that comes closest to matching Jonathan Safran Foer's 'Extremely Loud and Incredibly Close'. It's the highly charged story of a high achieving child, her genius Microsoft star employee father and her reclusive award-winning mother Bernadette. The family trip to Antarctica may well be their undoing. This is a hilarious novel with undoubtedly the pushiest parents ever captured in ink (Patrick Neale, Jaffe & Neale Bookshop THE BOOKSELLER )

Where'd You Go, Bernadette by Maria Semple is an innovative comic novel. The eponymous Bernadette was once a great architect but has fallen into a cycle of agoraphobia and misanthropy in Seattle. She is a bitter character who despises most other people but she's actually quite charismatic. I found myself rooting for her, which is testament to Semple's accomplished style and characterisation (Ruth Hunter, Bertrams THE BOOKSELLER )

The characters in Bernadette may be in real emotional pain, but Semple has the wit and perspective and imagination to make their story hilarious. I tore through this book with heedless pleasure (Jonathan Franzen )

Where'd You Go, Bernadette is fresh and funny and accomplished, but the best thing about it was that I never had any idea what was going to happen next. It was a wild ride... (Kate Atkinson )

A fresh, flamboyantly witty new voice (Helen Fielding )

A delightfully funny book, that constantly catches one by surprise, Where'd You Go, Bernadette combines a shrewdly observed portrait of Seattle life with, of all things, a mysterious disappearance in Antarctica. A pleasure (Matthew Kneale, author of English Passengers )

Maria Semple dissects the gory complexities of familial dysfunction with a deft and tender hand. Where'd You Go, Bernadette is a triumph of social observation and black comedy by a skillful chronicler of moneyed malaise. (Patrick de Witt, author of The Sisters Brothers )

In this funny, clever book, notorious architectural genius Bernadette disappears and it's up to her daughter Bee to find her. One to watch this summer (ESSENTIALS magazine )

A funny, flamboyant portrait of a flawed heroine's attempts to fit in (MARIE CLAIRE )

An absorbing and witty book (STAR magazine )

If you loved the humour of A Visit From The Goon Squad, pack this sharp, witty novel... we love the way the story is told through a series of emails and memos, and applaud its message that everyone is a bit mad, no matter what they look like. A fabulously kooky tale from one of the writers of TV's Arrested Development (EASY LIVING )

Despite its underlying despair, this is no neurotic gloomfest, but a clever, witty page-turner with sparkling dialogue, some hilarious episodes and a heart that gradually melts (You magazine, MAIL ON SUNDAY )

Bernadette Fox was a visionary architect, now she's a recluse, and when she goes missing, daughter Bee must track her down. Don't miss this funny debut from SNL scriptwriter Maria Semple (GRAZIA )

Maria Semple's deeply touching novel about misplaced genius and a mother and daughter's place in the world. A seriously compulsive read (STYIST magazine )

Where'd You Go, Bernadette is constructed from a collection of self-absorbed perspectives, and Maria Semple ensures each expertly pitched voice is both target and author of its own satire. In what is at times a sad and painful tale about family dysfunction, black comedy waylays sentimentality. Semple's second novel is a witty, thrilling adventure about creation, destruction, the Antarctic - and the maternal bond (THE OBSERVER )

Product details

  • Format: Kindle Edition
  • File Size: 1779 KB
  • Print Length: 331 pages
  • Publisher: Weidenfeld & Nicolson (7 Jun. 2012)
  • Sold by: Amazon Media EU S.à r.l.
  • Language: English
  • ISBN-10: 0297867288
  • ISBN-13: 978-0297867289
  • ASIN: B007TH3CHU
  • Text-to-Speech: Enabled
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  • Word Wise: Enabled
  • Screen Reader: Supported
  • Enhanced Typesetting: Enabled
  • Average Customer Review: 4.2 out of 5 stars 309 customer reviews
  • Amazon Bestsellers Rank: #6,758 Paid in Kindle Store (See Top 100 Paid in Kindle Store)
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It's been impossible to live in Seattle and not hear and read people gushing about this novel so I thought I'd see for myself what the fuss is all about. They weren't wrong - the novel is delightful. Semple's writing is fresh, fast-paced and funny and you quickly grow to love (or loathe) all the characters and it's practically impossible to put the book down.
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I thoroughly enjoyed this book. It is easy to read, funny and the story is different-as in not the typical love our crime story, but a story about a crazy family and their rather normal problems.

It is the right read to relax or for a holiday, I definitely recommend it.
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I just loved it. Beautifully written, funny and original - so original, a one-off story that you will never forget. Loved the different writing formats used to convey information about the characters. Wow, what a great book.
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We laughed! Quite a lot. I like the story structure.
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I'm glad I finished this book but have to say I found the first two thirds hard going. Probably a book that would be better read in large chunks rather than s a bites.
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One my favourite books of all time. Loved every single sentence!
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An excellent look at the impact a mental break down can have on a person. So many losses the house & miscarriages. The humour was very well written, her observation of how people react in times of stress was so true to life.
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Actually a lot funnier than I was expecting. An unusual and enjoyable read.
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