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Where’d You Go, Bernadette

Whered-you-go-bernadette-book-cover“Where’d You Go, Bernadette” by Maria Semple
Fiction – 5 stars

A delightful tale a a mother that essentially goes missing and abandons her child. Sounds just delightful, doesn’t it? It really was. The characters were over the top, but I really liked how much humor the author infused into this book. Was it believable? No. Was it enjoyable? Hell yes.


3 Star Review

An unrepentant narcissist refuses to socialize with others, sabotaging the life of her daughter and husband. Her husband is an unsympathetic, conflict avoidant workaholic who allows his house to fall into ruin, attempts to institutionalize his wife, and then cheats on her rather than actually talk with anyone about their problems. Their daughter is an adorable know-it-all who is going to need a bucketload of therapy to avoid becoming the same kind of snobbish “genius” as her parents. The comedy, lampooning Bernadette’s gauche inferiors in Seattle, starts out satisfying, but begins to grate as the book wears on and the protagonist’s teflon-coated self-regard remains untouched by the disasters unfolding around her.

Sam Simas

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