Book Club asks, ‘Where'd You Go, Bernadette?’

Jul 01, 2014

Thomaston — Thomaston Public Library's Intergenerational Book Club will discuss “Where'd You Go, Bernadette?” by Maria Semple Tuesday, July 15, at 2:30 p.m. at the library, located in the Thomaston Academy building, 60 Main St./Route 1.

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. And she has disappeared.

It began when Bee aced her report card and claimed her promised reward of a family trip to Antarctica. But Bernadette is so agoraphobic that a virtual assistant in India 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 mother and daughter's role in an absurd world.

On the third Tuesday of each month, the Intergenerational Book Club, a group of men and women of all ages, comes together to share their opinions and ideas about the book selection. Extra copies of the books are purchased by Friends of the Thomaston Public Library from the Annual Appeal funds; donations are appreciated.

All are welcome to attend. Those who live in Thomaston who would like to attend but need a ride are encouraged to call the library at 354-2453 the week before the club meets.

Courier Publications’ A&E Editor Dagney C. Ernest can be reached at (207) 594-4401, ext. 115; or dernest@courierpublicationsllc.com.

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