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I can’t remember when I so liked a main character as much as I like Bernadette Fox. A promising Los Angeles based architect twenty years ago, she is now a recluse living in a run down former girls’ school in Seattle, spouting forth on the excessive number of 5-way intersections, poor Idahoan drivers, the way too polite Canadians, and the super-sophisticated ‘gnats’  who are the parents of her daughter Bee’s schoolmates. The one thing you know for sure is that she loves her fifteen year old daughter.

Where’d You Go, Bernadette by Maria Semple is Bee’s recounting of the events leading up to and after her mother’s mysterious disappearance. If a book can have slapstick comedy, Where’d You Go, Bernadette has it in spades. Rather than try and describe the antics, I suggest you read the book. It is packed with superb ‘gnats’ like neighbor Audrey and Soo-Lin Lee-Segal. It is packed with Bernadette’s long winded but entertaining rambling e-mails (don’t forget, she’s a recluse) and her virtual assistant is something else (literally).

I’ve stated before that I think humor is the hardest literature to write and Maria Semple has done a fine job with it. I highly recommend Where’d You Go, Bernadette for a fast, fun read.

By the way, I think teens would like this book as well. Fun for the whole family.

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