Where'd You Go, Bernadette by Maria Semple: Bernadette Fox is a fearlessly opinionated wife; 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. But 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. 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. (from amazon.com)
Where'd You Go, Bernadette is an upcoming American mystery comedy-drama film, directed by Richard Linklater. It stars Cate Blanchett, Billy Crudup, Kristen Wiig, Emma Nelson, James Urbaniak, Judy Greer, Troian Bellisario, Zoë Chao, and Laurence Fishburne. It is scheduled to be released on August 16, 2019, in theaters.
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