Where'd You Go, Bernadette by Maria Semple
My rating: 5 of 5 stars
I absolutely loved this book. I have a soft spot for epistolary novels (thanks, Dear America!) and there aren't many that I've found that are written for adults and done well. This was one of them. I was totally sucked into the story and just thought it was so, so good.
Bernadette Fox is an eccentric, quirky woman at the center of the novel. She is consistently picking fights with the other mother's from her daughter's school, embarrassing her hot-shot husband, and working as hard as possible to avoid leaving the house - including hiring an online personal assistant from India. The emails that she writes to her assistant caused me endless amusement.
That is, until she's gone. In the middle of planning a family trip to Antarctica, Bernadette goes missing. She leaves her precocious (but not annoying) daughter Bee and husband Elgin confused. Where had she possibly gone?
I could not get enough of this book. I wanted to be best friends with Bernadette. Immediately after finishing this, I tried to shove it into the hands of anyone around me that would read it. Five stars and one of my favorite books I've read so far this year.
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