Where'd You Go, Bernadette? Maria Semple, Fiction. Told creatively through emails, letters, legal notices, FBI files, and flashbacks, Where'd you go, Bernadette? is the gorgeous telling of one woman's search for self, where she lost herself, and how it impacts the people who love her. Set in Seattle, where the weather has just as big of a role in the plot as any of the characters, this hilarious and touching story shows us the devotion a young girl can have to her mother. Bernadette is wacky, confident, anxious, and lost, but totally in love with her daughter Bee. Elgin, her husband and Bee's father, is so lost in his job at Microsoft he barely notices when they have to weed-whack under the carpet to keep the grass creeping into their home at bay. When he is visited by the FBI and appraised of Bernadette's recent activities, he finally notices his world crumbling around him. Because, how does that saying go, "You don't know what you have until you lose it?"