Bernadette Fox is notorious. To her Microsoft-guru husband, she's a fearlessly opinionated partner; to fellow private-school mothers in Seattle, she's a disgrace; to design mavens, she's a revolutionary architect, and to 15-year-old Bee, she is a best friend and, simply, Mom. Then Bernadette disappears. It began when Bee aced her report card and ...
Bernadette Fox is notorious. To her Microsoft-guru husband, she's a fearlessly opinionated partner; to fellow private-school mothers in Seattle, she's a disgrace; to design mavens, she's a revolutionary architect, and to 15-year-old Bee, she is a best friend and, simply, Mom. Then Bernadette disappears. It began when Bee aced her report card and claimed her promised reward: a family trip to Antarctica. But Bernadette's intensifying allergy to Seattle--and people in general--has made her so agoraphobic that a virtual assistant in India now runs her most basic errands. A trip to the end of the earth is problematic. To find her mother, Bee compiles email messages, official documents, secret correspondence--creating a compulsively readable and touching novel about misplaced genius and a mother and daughter's role in an absurd world.
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If you're in the mood for good humor and an adventure this is a great read!
I couldn't put this one down.
Sep 21, 2014
I liked this book so much I sent it to three friends for birthday gifts. I is very funny and well written and has some interesting themes. It has much to do with disconnection, our relationship to art (well, architecture), and miscommunication and many other things. It would be a perfect beach read or a book to pick up if you're feeling down.
May 29, 2014
Funny, unusual, carefully written with strong characterization. Very discussible.
Dec 26, 2013
Couldn't Put it Down
This is a dryly funny book with a great mystery and great heart at its core. I loved the characters (including the city of Seattle) and enjoyed the way the book explored what happens to creative people who devote too much or too little of their lives to the work they love.
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