Where'd You Go, Bernadette

Version: Unabridged
Author: Maria Semple
Narrator: Kathleen Wilhoite
Genres: Fiction & Literature, Comedy
Publisher: Little Brown and Company
Published In: April 2013
# of Units: 9 CDs
Length: 9 hours, 30 minutes
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A misanthropic matriarch leaves her eccentric family in crisis when she mysteriously disappears in this whip-smart and 'divinely funny' novel that inspired the movie starring Cate Blanchett (New York Times).
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 her best friend and, simply, Mom.

Then Bernadette vanishes. It all 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, and secret correspondence--creating a compulsively readable and surprisingly touching novel about misplaced genius and a mother and daughter's role in an absurd world.

Reviews (24)


Written by Kristen F. on October 16th, 2019

  • Book Rating: 5/5

I thoroughly enjoyed this smart, fun read!


Written by Nathalie S. on October 11th, 2019

  • Book Rating: 3/5

Eh. Story gets a little wacky at the end. Had some good potential there but idk didn't do it for me. The narrator is very talented though.

Written by Melissa M. on June 7th, 2019

  • Book Rating: 5/5

Such a great and unique book, I would recommend to any mom out there


Written by Sandra T. on March 10th, 2019

  • Book Rating: 5/5

Good story, great characters, & interesting site locations. Narrator did great job of so many voices!

Written by Anonymous on February 5th, 2019

  • Book Rating: 5/5

Grate book I love this book so much


Written by Janet D. on January 27th, 2019

  • Book Rating: 5/5

Great book. The narrator was annoying when reading.


Written by Tammi K. on November 2nd, 2018

  • Book Rating: 5/5

Loved this book! The narrator was fantastic!

Written by Anonymous on September 19th, 2018

  • Book Rating: 5/5

Loved the narration and thought she captured B's voice and emotion. This book was full of laughs as well as drama.. It was really well constructed. Loved the book!


Written by Dora F. on June 29th, 2018

  • Book Rating: 2/5

I liked the story in the beginning, then when I thought about what was this all about I really didn't like It. Self indulgence story. The narrator could tune down a bit the dramatization.

Written by Janani M. on June 9th, 2018

  • Book Rating: 4/5

great story and related to recent life

Author Details

Author Details

Semple, Maria

Maria Semple s first novel, "This One Is Mine", was set in Los Angeles, where she also wrote for television shows such as "Arrested Development", "Mad About You", and "Ellen". She escaped from Los Angeles and now lives with her family in Seattle.