Where’d You Go, Bernadette by Maria Semple

bookshelves: radio-4, summer-2012, cover-hate, chick-lit, epistolatory-diary-blog, amusing, published-2012, women, abandoned

Read from June 30 to July 07, 2012

blurb – Maria Semple’s brilliantly comic debut novel about misplaced genius and mother-daughter love, starring Miranda Richardson, Lydia Wilson, Richard Laing and Madeleine Potter.

When 15 year old Bee wins perfect grades, she calls in her parents’ promise of a graduation present of ‘anything she wants’. This turns out to be a family trip to Antarctica – a prospect that will challenge her mother Bernadette’s agoraphobia and social reclusiveness.

Bernadette ….. Miranda Richardson
Bee …. Lydia Wilson
Elgin …. Richard Laing
Audrey …. Madeleine Potter
Adapted by Miranda Davies Produced/ directed by Emma Harding

About the author: Maria Semple has written for television shows including Arrested Development, Mad About You, and Ellen. She lives with her family on an island off Seattle. This is her first novel.

Opening music: ‘My Wandering Days Are Over’, from the album ‘Tigermilk’ by Belle & Sebastian, Jeepster Recordings Ltd, 1999

Closing music: ‘Expectations’, from the album ‘Tigermilk’ by Belle & Sebastian, Jeepster Recordings Ltd, 1999

What chaos – not for me.

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