We Are All Completely Beside OurselvesBook - 2013
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
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LPL_EliH Nov 02, 2016
2014 Winner; an emotional, yet funny tale of a girl who grew up with a chimpanzee she believed to be her sister. Fowler looks at family life in America and how we confront our pasts.
Rosemary grew up with a chimpanzee as a sister until she was removed from the family. Karen Joy Fowler’s work questions our depiction of family, memory, and even humanity itself.