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Friday - - Friday Contents - by Maria Sem­ple (2012)

Where’d you Go Ber­nadette

Ec­cen­tric Ber­nadette Fox is many things – ar­chi­tec­tural maven, in­tel­li­gent wife to guru hus­band El­gin and lov­ing mum to teenage daugh­ter Bree. But what she isn’t is a do­mes­tic god­dess happy to be ob­scured by sub­ur­ban life in Seat­tle. In a hi­lar­i­ous turn of dis­as­trous events Ber­nadette be­comes dis­en­chanted with life and oth­ers’ opin­ion of her and de­cides to dis­ap­pear. How Bree searches for her mum is the premise of this satir­i­cal read full of sharpish wise­cracks and clever pro­tag­o­nists who will have you chortling loudly. You’ll love Ber­nadette’s vir­tual as­sis­tant based in In­dia. Noth­ing less can be ex­pected of Sem­ple – writer of hit TV come­dies Ar­rested De­vel­op­ment and Satur­day Night Live, who has a di­rect line to read­ers’ funny bones.

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