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A review of We are All Completely Beside Ourselves by Karen Joy Fowler

If you've read any reviews of Karen Joy Fowler's new book, We are All Completely Beside Ourselves, you've probably had the major plot twist spoiled for you already, but if not, I don't want to be the one to ruin it for you, so I'm going to keep this description brief. Rosemary has never fully recovered from her sister's disappearance at five years old. To make things worse, her brother is also missing and is wanted by the FBI. When Rosemary finally leaves home to escape from her life and start over in college, she begins to come to terms with her past and accept the ways it has shaped who she has become. 

That might not sound all that interesting, but trust me: the book is excellent. Even if Rosemary's story weren't so completely original (a hint: her sister, Fern, may not be who she seems), her voice and the way she tells her story are so compelling - a perfect combination of dry wit and vulnerability - that the book would be a great read anyway. As it is the book works beautifully on so many levels. It's entertaining, enlightening, and thought-provoking, and I can't wait to talk about it with someone else who's read it. So if you have, please let me know, and if you haven't, I highly encourage you to put it on hold right now!

Comments

There are 99 holds, so it will be a while....

I liked this one too especially after her relationship with Fern becomes clear. What could those parents/scientists have been thinking? It is a good fictionalization of how important childhood experience are in forming adults.

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