We Are All Completely Beside Ourselves
Karen Joy Fowler
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Shortlisted for the 2014 Man Booker Prize
Winner of the 2014 PEN/Faulkner Award
One of the New York Times Book Review’s 100 Notable Books of 2013
Named by The Christian Science Monitor as one of the top 15 works of fiction
The New York Times bestselling author of The Jane Austen Book Club introduces a middle-class American family, ordinary in every way but one...
Meet the Cooke family: Mother and Dad, brother Lowell, sister Fern, and Rosemary, who begins her story in the middle. She has her reasons. “I was raised with a chimpanzee,” she explains. “I tell you Fern was a chimp and already you aren’t thinking of her as my sister. But until Fern’s expulsion...she was my twin, my funhouse mirror, my whirlwind other half and I loved her as a sister.” As a child, Rosemary never stopped talking. Then, something happened, and Rosemary wrapped herself in silence.
In We Are All Completely Beside Ourselves, Karen Joy Fowler weaves her most accomplished work to date—a tale of loving but fallible people whose well-intentioned actions lead to heartbreaking consequences.
“A gripping, big-hearted book...through the tender voice of her protagonist, Fowler has a lot to say about family, memory, language, science, and indeed the question of what constitutes a human being.”—Khaled Hosseini
From Publishers Weekly
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Not at all what you think
This is a book in a class by itself. So beyond the norm of story telling. Heart wrenching yet so rewarding it gives the reader much to ponder. Wow. Just, wow.
Maybe should have ended in the middle, too
This book has a lot to recommend it, but it gets so incredibly dull and drawn out by the final quarter that I simply walked away from the last 50 or so pages -- something I VERY rarely do. If the primary character were the author, I would say this is unbelievably self-serving, but in the case of fiction there is simply no reason for so much droning on. If you're ok with putting an unfinished book down, then by all means start this one. But I guarantee you won't be compelled to finish it.
Profoundly beautiful and ... Devastating
I finished the book in 2 days. After I was done I wept on and off for hours.