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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We are all completely beside ourselves
Couldn't put it down
Beside Ourselves is a Wonder
I was caught and entranced by this story. Deepened my profound respect for those who save all animals....human and non-human. Thank you for bringing this experience alive for me.
My new favorite book
I'm not the kind of person who finishes books in a day or two. I love reading, but am a bit slow to finish books in general. I started to read Barbara Kingsolver's review of this title in The Times and was intrigued by the first sentence. She basically said that if you want to read this book as the author intended, don't read anything about it, including her review. I followed her suggestion and am incredibly glad I chose to do so. I have never been so quickly and completely obsessed with a book. I had to force myself to put it down a few times not because I needed to go to bed or go to work, but because I didn't want it to end. It is my favorite book. Highest praise imaginable!
---and take Barbara's advice. You'll be glad you did.
- Category: Literary
- Published: May 30, 2013
- Publisher: Penguin Publishing Group
- Seller: PENGUIN GROUP USA, INC.
- Print Length: 320 Pages
- Language: English