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We Are All Completely Beside Ourselves

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ISBN13: 9780142180822
ISBN10: 0142180823
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Included on The Christian Science Monitor's list of 2013's 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.

Review:

“A novel so readably juicy and surreptitiously smart, it deserves all the attention it can get....[Its] fresh diction and madcap plot bend the tone toward comedy, but it never mislays its solemn raison dêtre. Monkeyshines aside, this is a story of Everyfamily in which loss engraves relationships, truth is a soulful stalker and coming-of-age means facing down the mirror, recognizing the shape-shifting notion of self.” Barbara Kingsolver, The New York Times Book Review

Review:

“Fowler's interests here are in what sets humans apart from their fellow primates. Cognitive, language and memory skills all come into playful question. But the heart of the novel — and it has a big, warm, loudly beating heart throughout — is in its gradually pieced-together tale of family togetherness, disruption and reconciliation. We Are All Completely Beside Ourselves is Fowler at her best, mixing cerebral and emotional appeal together in an utterly captivating manner.” The Seattle Times

Review:

“Rosemary's voice is achingly memorable, and Fowler's intelligent discourse on science vs. compassion reshapes the traditional family novel into something more universally relevant. The Cookes are unlike other families and like them at the same time, and through Rosemary's unique perspective Fowler forces us to confront some tough truths. This brave, bold, shattering novel reminds us what it means to be human, in the best and worst sense.” The Miami Herald

Review:

“Rosemary's voice — vulnerable, angry, shockingly honest — is so compelling and the cast of characters, including Fern, irresistible. A fantastic novel: technically and intellectually complex, while emotionally gripping.” Kirkus (starred review)

Review:

“Piquant humor, refulgent language, a canny plot rooted in real-life experiences, an irresistible narrator, threshing insights, and tender emotions — Fowler has outdone herself in this deeply inquisitive, cage-rattling novel.” Booklist (starred review)

Review:

“A strong, unsettling novel....Fowler explores the depths of human emotions and delivers a tragic love story that captures our hearts.” Library Journal (starred review)

Review:

“Rosemary's experience [is] a fascinating basis for insight into memory, the mind, and human development....Fowler's great accomplishment is not just that she takes the standard story of a family and makes it larger, but that the new space she's created demands exploration.” Publishers Weekly

About the Author

Karen Joy Fowler, A PEN/Faulkner and Dublin IMPAC nominee, is the author of We Are All Completely Beside Ourselves, Sarah Canary, The Sweetheart Season, Wit's End, Black Glass: Short Fictions, and Sister Noon.

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Antheia, October 21, 2014 (view all comments by Antheia)
I saw this was on sale and almost bought it AGAIN. I can't stop talking about it. My classmates probably hate me. But it's by far the best book I've read in at least the last year. Get it! Get it now!
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AbbyRR, August 20, 2014 (view all comments by AbbyRR)
A good, smart book that's about more than experimenting with animals. There's great humor here along with some haunting scenes. Great character development. What appears to be just another quirky family comes to life in this novel, revealing some intriguing complexities.
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Rachel Coker, May 12, 2014 (view all comments by Rachel Coker)
"We Are All Completely Beside Ourselves" is complicated, smart and compelling. Its timeline is all mashed up, but the author does so with purpose rather than with irritating flourish. I don't want to say too much about the plot for fear of giving away a key revelation about the book. I will say that if you're interested in scientific research, particularly in psychology, this novel will have added appeal. Note to readers who are looking at this book because they've read Karen Joy Fowler's "Jane Austen Book Club:" This novel operates at another level entirely. It's far more challenging and deep. I enjoyed the earlier book as a fine bit of chick lit, pretty good but by no means life-changing. This book is real literature.
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Product Details

ISBN:
9780142180822
Author:
Fowler, Karen Joy
Publisher:
Plume
Subject:
Literary
Subject:
Literature-A to Z
Edition Description:
Trade paper
Publication Date:
20140225
Binding:
Paperback
Grade Level:
from 12
Language:
English
Pages:
320
Dimensions:
8 x 5.31 in 0.54 lb
Age Level:
from 18

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Product details 320 pages Plume - English 9780142180822 Reviews:
"Review" by , “A novel so readably juicy and surreptitiously smart, it deserves all the attention it can get....[Its] fresh diction and madcap plot bend the tone toward comedy, but it never mislays its solemn raison dêtre. Monkeyshines aside, this is a story of Everyfamily in which loss engraves relationships, truth is a soulful stalker and coming-of-age means facing down the mirror, recognizing the shape-shifting notion of self.”
"Review" by , “Fowler's interests here are in what sets humans apart from their fellow primates. Cognitive, language and memory skills all come into playful question. But the heart of the novel — and it has a big, warm, loudly beating heart throughout — is in its gradually pieced-together tale of family togetherness, disruption and reconciliation. We Are All Completely Beside Ourselves is Fowler at her best, mixing cerebral and emotional appeal together in an utterly captivating manner.”
"Review" by , “Rosemary's voice is achingly memorable, and Fowler's intelligent discourse on science vs. compassion reshapes the traditional family novel into something more universally relevant. The Cookes are unlike other families and like them at the same time, and through Rosemary's unique perspective Fowler forces us to confront some tough truths. This brave, bold, shattering novel reminds us what it means to be human, in the best and worst sense.”
"Review" by , “Rosemary's voice — vulnerable, angry, shockingly honest — is so compelling and the cast of characters, including Fern, irresistible. A fantastic novel: technically and intellectually complex, while emotionally gripping.”
"Review" by , “Piquant humor, refulgent language, a canny plot rooted in real-life experiences, an irresistible narrator, threshing insights, and tender emotions — Fowler has outdone herself in this deeply inquisitive, cage-rattling novel.”
"Review" by , “A strong, unsettling novel....Fowler explores the depths of human emotions and delivers a tragic love story that captures our hearts.”
"Review" by , “Rosemary's experience [is] a fascinating basis for insight into memory, the mind, and human development....Fowler's great accomplishment is not just that she takes the standard story of a family and makes it larger, but that the new space she's created demands exploration.”
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