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Where'd You Go, Bernadette

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Product details

  • Paperback: 336 pages
  • Publisher: W&N (7 June 2012)
  • Language: English
  • ISBN-10: 0297867296
  • ISBN-13: 978-0297867296
  • Product Dimensions: 15.3 x 2.7 x 23.2 cm
  • Boxed-product Weight: 440 g
  • Average Customer Review: 4.1 out of 5 stars 11 customer reviews

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It's intelligent but easy to read; eccentric but never twee. (ELLE UK)

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)

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)

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The Curious Incident meets A Visit from the Goon Squad meets The Simpsons - this is a wildly imaginative, laugh-out-loud but also very poignant novel that will generate huge word-of-mouth buzz

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