Former TV writer Semple wins raves with Seattle satire

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NEW YORK (Reuters) – With only her second book, TV writer-turned novelist Maria Semple has won rave reviews with a withering, but ultimately affectionate satire of Seattle’s privileged set. “Where’d You Go, Bernadette?” is the story about the sudden disappearance and search for the brilliant, reclusive, anti-social and unstable mother of precocious 15-year-old Bee. When Bernadette disappears ahead of a family trip, her daughter Bee searches for her by compiling a series of emails, lecture transcripts, article reprints and even a ship’s log. …

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