What happens when a writer for popular television shows like “Mad About You” and “Arrested Development” writes a novel? You get the hilarious Where’d You Go Bernadette, an epistolary novel by Maria Semple chronicling the strange disappearance of Seattle-hating architect Bernadette.
When 15-year-old Bee chooses a family trip to Antarctica as her reward for stellar grades, the agoraphobic Bernadette steels herself for a journey way, way outside her comfort zone. But as the vacation nears, Bernadette’s increasingly eccentric behavior worries Elgie, who stages a bumbling, ill-fated intervention that ends in Bernadette’s disappearance and presumed death. But in this bitingly funny novel, nothing is what it appears.
We featured this novel for What We’re Reading Wednesday and now we want you to check out the British book trailer put out by Hachette:
And here’s the book trailer put out in the U.S. featuring Maria Semple hilariously pitching her book:
Will you check out Where’d You Go Bernadette? What other epistolary novels have you read recently?