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 HosseiniLearn More
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A New York Times bestseller
Winner of the 2014 PEN/Faulkner Award for Fiction
Winner of the 2014 California Gold Medal for Literature
Shortlisted for the 2014 Man Booker Prize
A New York Times Editor’s Choice
New York Times Book Review 100 Notable Books, 2013
A Los Angeles Times bestseller
A 2013 Chicago Tribune Noteworthy Book
A San Francisco Chronicle Best Book of 2013 for Fiction
A 2014 John W. Campbell Memorial Award Finalist
Nominated for the 2013 Nebula Award for Best Novel
Selected for the June 2013 Indie Next List
A BookPage Best Book of 2013
A Booklist Top 10 in June 2013
a very unique family
- This book has one of those premises that make no sense when you explain it to someone, but that makes for a very unique reading experience. The writing is honest and interesting and the narration was a great fit for the story, which delves into family dynamics, loss, loyalty, and how your childhood can profoundly influence who you are. Psychology fans will be drawn to its scientific bent, and fiction fans will love the character studies. A solid read, and one that I’ve kept thinking about long after finishing.
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