We couldn't be more excited to welcome Maria Semple to Parnassus for a Wine with the Author event to celebrate the paperback release of Where'd You Go Bernadette. 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 daughter’s unflinching love for her imperfect mother.Staff Recommendation from Marketing and Events Manager, Niki Castle:This is an incredibly readable, funny-but-poignant novel about an agoraphobic/genius mother, Bernadette, who turns up missing, and her 15-year-old’s quest to find her mom. A modern-day epistolary told through emails, notes, and other ephemera from Bernadette’s life, Where’d You Go, Bernadette will keep you riveted until the last page.About Wine with the Author:Wine with the Author is a special series offered through the partnership of Parnassus Books and The Wine Shoppe at Green Hills. Upcoming Wine with the Author events include: Kevin Powers and Daphne Kalotay.