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We Are All Completely Beside Ourselves: Shortlisted for the Booker Prize

Karen Joy Fowler

4 Reviews

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Modern & contemporary fiction (post c 1945)

You can't choose your family, but they make choices for you.


'Wise, provocative and wildly endearing' Guardian

'Readably juicy and surreptitiously smart' Barbara Kingsolver


Rosemary doesn't talk much, and about certain things she's silent. She had a sister, Fern, her whirlwind other half, who vanished from her life in circumstances she wishes she could forget. And it's been ten years since she last saw her beloved older brother Lowell.

Now at college, Rosemary starts to see she can't go forward without going back to the time when aged five, she was sent away from home to her grandparents and returned to find Fern gone.

It was Rosemary's parents who began all of the trouble - isn't it always? But, dear reader, exactly how they did it is a twist you'll have to discover for yourself.

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Praise for We Are All Completely Beside Ourselves: Shortlisted for the Booker Prize

  • 'Readably juicy and surreptitiously smart'

  • 'Explosive, provocative, and thoughtful'

  • 'A dark cautionary tale hanging out, incognito-style, in what at first seems a traditional family narrative'

  • 'One of the best novels I've read ever. It just destroyed me ... she's writing at the absolute top of her game'

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Karen Joy Fowler

Karen Joy Fowler is the author of four earlier novels and two short story collections. Her debut novel, Sarah Canary, was a New York Times Notable Book, as was her second novel, The Sweetheart Season. Fowler's short story collection Black Glass won the World Fantasy Award in 1999. Fowler and her husband, who have two grown children, live in Davis and Santa Cruz, California.

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