We Are All Completely Beside Ourselves
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We Are All Completely Beside Ourselves


Meet the Cooke family. Our narrator is Rosemary Cooke. As a child, she never stopped talking; as a young woman, she has wrapped herself in silence: the silence of intentional forgetting, of protective cover. Something happened, something so awful she has buried it in the recesses of her mind.

Now her adored older brother is a fugitive, wanted by the FBI for domestic terrorism. And her once lively mother is a shell of her former self, her clever and imperious father now a distant, brooding man.

And Fern, Rosemary’s beloved sister, her accomplice in all their childhood mischief? Fern’s is a fate the family, in all their innocence, could never have imagined.

Title:We Are All Completely Beside Ourselves
Edition Language:English
Format Type:Hardcover
Number of Pages:310 pages

    We Are All Completely Beside Ourselves Reviews

  • Kater Cheek
    Jun 24, 2013

    I've always used the goodreads star rating:5=it was amazing4=really liked it3=liked it 2=it was okay1=did not like Which means that I ruin the scale for all the books I review, because most people see...

  • Kathy Guilbert
    Jun 03, 2013

    I could not relate to the characters and the choppy writing style! Wanted to like this book, and there were interesting elements, but I couldn't connect to the way the story was told. Forced myself to...

  • Jan Priddy
    Jun 19, 2013

    “She’d just rear-ended a cop car and she said that only the week before she’d been arrested shoplifting tortillas and salsa for a Sunday afternoon football party at her house. ‘This is so not ...

  • Robert Blumenthal
    Jun 29, 2013

    Okay. So if I was to give Karen Joy Fowler advice on how to write a great novel, I'd tell her to come with an engaging, intelligent and witty narrator and have her tell a captivating, moving and timel...

  • Steve
    Aug 12, 2015

    I just settled a debate with myself. If you don’t know the premise of this book already, I decided not to be the one to tell you. As it happened, I did read this with foreknowledge and suspect I wou...

  • Julie
    Jun 14, 2013

    Yep, I was beside myself!Kept imagining I was not still reading this!!Borrrring ... dulllll ...teeeeedious ... and more than a little drawn out.I really wanted to like it as I was excited to see a new...

  • Lisa Vegan
    Jun 16, 2013

    This book got me out of my very long reading slump. It was such an easy book to read, yet it was wonderfully complex. I sank into it as I hadn’t sunk into a book for a long time. It felt wonderful. ...

  • Barry Pierce
    Sep 14, 2014

    Further proof that the 2014 Man Booker Prize was an absolute farce. I was enjoying this novel until it went all Jane Goodall. I applaud its use of an unconventional narrative structure and Fowler's hu...

  • Fionnuala
    Aug 18, 2015

    This is actually the middle of the review - I decided to skip the beginning where I might have discussed the plot, the writing, etc., and I’ll probably skip the end too because if there's no beginni...

  • Kelly (and the Book Boar)
    May 01, 2013

    Find all of my reviews at: http://52bookminimum.blogspot.com/4.5 Stars “In everyone’s life there are people who stay and people who go and people who are taken away against their will.” This i...

About Karen Joy Fowler

Karen Joy Fowler

I was born in Bloomington, Indiana. I was due on Valentine's Day but arrived a week early; my mother blamed this on a really exciting IU basketball game. My father was a psychologist at the University, but not that kind of psychologist. He studied animal behavior, and especially learning. He ran rats through mazes. My mother was a polio survivor, a schoolteacher, and a pioneer in the co-operative