Where’d You Go, Bernadette, released in paperback today, tells the story of Bernadette Fox, a brilliant architect turned neurotic housewife who spends her days planning a family trip to Antarctica per her teenage daughter’s request. What results is a hilarious epistolary novel constructed almost entirely of letters and email correspondence. When Bernadette goes missing, it becomes her daughter’s sole purpose to track down her mother in this story about family, failure and bouncing back. The second novel from television writer Maria Semple, Where’d You Go, Bernadette, made a splash in the book world in 2012 and is now being made into a feature film. We caught up with Semple to talk about the book, the movie and everything in between: READ FULL STORY
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The Women’s Prize for Fiction — formerly the Orange Prize before the telephone corporation withdrew its funding — has announced its 20 contenders out of 140 submissions. The wide-ranging longlist of female authors includes literary heavyweights like Zadie Smith and Barbara Kingsolver as well as newcomers Shani Boianjiu and Francesca Segal. It includes Bring Up the Bodies by Hilary Mantel, which EW named the best novel of 2012, as well as Sheila Heti’s How Should a Person Be?, which EW named one of the worst. See the full list below: READ FULL STORY
Arrested Development writer Maria Semple released a trailer for her upcoming book, Where’d You Go, Bernadette, that features a cameo from actor Tom Skerritt and finds Semple unsuccessfully pitching the novel to booksellers.
In this — the first of three trailers — Semple learns the hard way that booksellers aren’t interested in misanthropic women, anything that can be described as “epistolary,” or novels with 14-year-old narrators.
Just how epistolary and misanthropic is the book? Title character Bernadette Fox is a Seattle housewife to a Microsoft-employed workaholic husband and a mother to teenaged daughter Bee. When Fox goes missing after becoming increasingly intolerant of her life in Seattle and the people around her, Bee tries to track her down through e-mails and documents.
Where’d You Go, Bernadette hits shelves Aug. 14. Semple’s first novel, This One Is Mine, was released in 2008.