We are all completely beside ourselves: A Novel

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Named a Best of 2013 pick by: The New York Times Book Review, Slate,Newsday, Chicago Tribune, San Jose Mercury News, The Christian Science Monitor,Library Journal, and BookPage"I thought this was a gripping, big-hearted book . . . through the tender voice of her protagonist, Fowler has a lot to say about family, memory, language, science, and indeed the question of what constitutes a human being."--Khaled HosseiniFrom the New York Times–bestselling author of The Jane Austen Book Club, the story of an American family, middle class in middle America, ordinary in every way but one. But that exception is the beating heart of this extraordinary novel.Meet the Cooke family: Mother and Dad, brother Lowell, sister Fern, and our narrator, Rosemary, who begins her story in the middle. She has her reasons. “I spent the first eighteen years of my life defined by this one fact: that I was raised with a chimpanzee,” she tells us. “It’s never going to be the first thing I share with someone. I tell you Fern was a chimp and already you aren’t thinking of her as my sister. But until Fern’s expulsion, I’d scarcely known a moment alone. She was my twin, my funhouse mirror, my whirlwind other half, and I loved her as a sister.”Rosemary was not yet six when Fern was removed. Over the years, she’s managed to block a lot of memories. She’s smart, vulnerable, innocent, and culpable. With some guile, she guides us through the darkness, penetrating secrets and unearthing memories, leading us deeper into the mystery she has dangled before us from the start. Stripping off the protective masks that have hidden truths too painful to acknowledge, in the end, “Rosemary” truly is for remembrance.
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display_description Coming of age in middle America, eighteen-year-old Rosemary evaluates how her entire youth was defined by the presence and forced removal of an endearing chimpanzee who was secretly regarded as a family member and who Rosemary loved as a sister.
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subject_facet Families -- Fiction, Human-animal relationships -- Fiction, Life change events -- Fiction, Self-realization in women -- Fiction
title_display We are all completely beside ourselves
title_full We Are All Completely Beside Ourselves A Novel, We are all completely beside ourselves / Karen Joy Fowler, We are all completely beside ourselves / by Karen Joy Fowler
title_short We are all completely beside ourselves
title_sub A Novel
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