We Are All Completely Beside Ourselves

A Novel

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Publisher Description

The New York Times bestselling author of The Jane Austen Book Club introduces a middle-class American family that is ordinary in every way but one in this novel that won the PEN/Faulkner Award and was a finalist for the Man Booker Prize.
 
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 

GENRE
Fiction & Literature
RELEASED
2013
May 30
LANGUAGE
EN
English
LENGTH
320
Pages
PUBLISHER
Penguin Publishing Group
SELLER
PENGUIN GROUP USA, INC.
SIZE
2
MB

Customer Reviews

ElaineT2 ,

(Devastating but) Good read

Parts were very hard to read, but the story was so well written that I wanted to (needed to) read it all because I was so invested in the story and characters.

Recommended reading, but with this caveat: I’m able to compartmentalize pretty well and don’t usually have emotional reactions to fiction. However, there were a few passages about animal mistreatment and cruelty in this story that made me have to put the book down to take some deep breaths and wipe a few tears away before I could continue.

Still, it was a very satisfying read.

Scast90 ,

Great read

I thoroughly enjoyed this book. Please do everything you can to avoid reading the back and any spoilers, it truly makes it so much more enjoyable!

carocross ,

Outstanding!

I read a lot. This book a class unto itself. Beautiful!
Highly recommended.

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