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...

  • 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. ...

  • 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...

  • Elyse
    Mar 21, 2014

    Update: $1.99 Kindle special today! I loved it. --- For those who missed this book - it's a great discussion read! I'm sure my other review must be around some place .... either way, this book is terr...

  • Elyse
    Mar 27, 2014

    5+++++++++ STARS 5++++++ 5+++++ I have people in my yard --and little time to write a review --yet I could talk about this book for hours. Its a book which will leave a LASTING impression with me on '...

  • 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...

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