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We Are All Completely Beside Ourselves

by Karen Joy Fowler

Rosemary’s young, just at college, and she’s decided not to tell anyone a thing about her family.

So we’re not going to tell you too much either: you’ll have to find out for yourselves, round about page 77, what it is that makes her unhappy family unlike any other.

Rosemary is now an only child, but she used to have a sister the same age as her, and an older brother. Both are now gone – vanished from her life. There’s something unique about Rosemary’s sister, Fern. And it was this decision, made by her parents, to give Rosemary a sister like no other, that began all of Rosemary’s trouble.

So now she’s telling her story: full of hilarious asides and brilliantly spiky lines, it’s a looping narrative that begins towards the end, and then goes back to the beginning. Twice. It’s funny, clever, intimate, honest, analytical and swirling with ideas that will come back to bite you. We hope you enjoy it, and if, when you’re telling a friend about it, you do decide to spill the beans about Fern – it’s pretty hard to resist – don’t worry.

One of the few studies Rosemary doesn’t quote says that spoilers actually enhance reading.

Winner of the 2014 PEN/Faulkner Award and shortlisted for the 2014 Man Booker Prize Prize for Fiction.

‘A gripping, bighearted book.’ Khaled Hosseini

‘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

‘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)

‘Fowler has outdone herself in this deeply inquisitive, cage-rattling novel.’ Booklist (starred review)

‘Fowler explores the depths of human emotions and delivers a tragic love story that captures our hearts.’ Library Journal (starred review)


About Karen Joy Fowler

Karen Joy Fowler is the author of six novels and three short story collections. The Jane Austen Book Club spent thirteen weeks on the New York Times bestsellers list and was a New York Times Notable Book. We Are All Completely Beside Ourselves won the 2014 Pen/Faulkner Award for Fiction and was shortlisted for the 2014 Man Booker Prize for Fiction.

Other books by Karen Joy Fowler


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