A Love/Hate Relationship with Seattle and Life

Where'd You Go Bernadette book coverBernadette Fox is a genius, an architect, a mother, and a recent transplant to Seattle. Seattle is nothing like L.A., and Bernadette doesn’t like it. Her anxiety issues go into overdrive, agoraphobia becomes her norm, and then she suddenly disappears. Bee, Bernadette’s fifteen-year-old daughter, knows that her mother wouldn’t disappear without a good reason, especially right after she’d promised to go on an Antarctic cruise. Where’d You Go, Bernadette, by Maria Semple, is a modern epistolary tale told through memos, emails, notes, and other random ephemera that Bee has gathered about her mother’s disappearance. If you like Arrested Development or Mad About You, you might like Where’d You Go, Bernadette, as Semple was a contributing writer to both shows.