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Maria Semple's 'Where'd You Go, Bernardette?'

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Writer Maria Semple poses for photos at Strand Book Store in New York City. Astrid Stawiarz/Getty Images

Author Maria Semple left LA several years ago and moved to Seattle. And that's where her latest novel, "Where'd You Go, Bernadette?," unfolds.

Semple, a former comedy writer for "Arrested Development" and "Suddenly Susan," writes about Bernadette Fox, a stay-at-home mom who detests the helicopter parents at her daughter's progressive private school.

Fox's husband is a senior level manager at Microsoft who's famous for giving the 4th most watched TED talk of all time. Their daughter, Bee, is a precocious 8th grader who's convinced her parents to take a family trip to Antarctica. The drama that unfolds next is told is through a series of emails, police reports and memos to from and about Bernadette.

Read an excerpt of "Where's You Go, Bernardette?"


Maria Semple, author and former comedy writer

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