Where'd You Go, Bernadette

a novel (2013)
Where'd you go, Bernadette

My attention caught by the retro cover, I read the first few pages and was hooked.

 Bernadette Fox is an award-winning architect who doesn’t build; an agoraphobic who hates Seattle, rain, and especially Canadians.  Husband Elgin is a software genius and workaholic who has grown apart from his wife.  Both of them would do anything for their daughter Bee, so when she achieves perfect grades all the way through middle school, they grant her wish for a trip to Antarctica.  Facing weeks of enforced social interaction on the cruise, Bernadette makes a plan which goes badly awry, culminating in her disappearance.

Quirky and laugh-aloud funny in spots, its social commentary includes a Victims Against Victimhood support group, helicopter parents, the social elite, software empires, and political correctness gone mad.  The mystery of what happened to Bernadette is brought to life in a series of emails, letters, and documents.  Its heart is the warm connection of mother and daughter, whatever their differences.

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