'Where'd You Go, Bernadette'

Georgetown Book Club's December Selection

Where'd You Go, BernadetteAt the beginning of Maria Semple's 2012 novel, Where'd You Go, Bernadette, eighth-grader Bee Branch reveals her excellent report card to her parents -- and brings up a promise they made regarding her academic performance and a related reward of her choosing. Now that she's succeeded, she's ready to name her prize: a family trip to Antarctica. Her mother, Bernadette Fox, agrees, despite her increasing agoraphobia. However, soon before the trip, Bernadette disappears. Why? And to where?

As Bee seeks to answer these questions, she relies on emails, letters, and other documents, and the reader discovers that Bernadette's story is a complex one -- including ongoing conflicts with other parents at Bee's private school, a strong discomfort with living in Seattle, and a highly relied-upon personal assistant ... who is based in India. In depicting Bernadette's story, Semple writes with humor and humanity, and the spark and heart of her novel is evident in its commercial success and the many glowing reviews it received from publications including The New York Times.

Join the Georgetown Book Club as we discuss Where'd You Go, Bernadette on Thursday, Dec. 19 at 7:30 p.m. Copies are currently available at the Georgetown Neighborhood Library, and everyone is welcome! 

Questions? Email julia.strusienski@dc.gov or call the library at 202-727-0232.

-- J. Strusienski