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We Are All Completely Beside Ourselves | [Karen Joy Fowler]

We Are All Completely Beside Ourselves

Rosemary's started college, and she's decided not to tell anyone about her family. 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 was something unique about Rosemary's sister, Fern. You'll have to find out for yourself what it is that makes her unhappy family unlike any other.
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Publisher's Summary

Rosemary's started college, and she's decided not to tell anyone about her family. 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 was something unique about Rosemary's sister, Fern. You'll have to find out for yourself what it is that makes her unhappy family unlike any other.

©2014 Karen Joy Fowler (P)2014 W F Howes Ltd

What the Critics Say

"A dark cautionary tale hanging out, incognito-style, in what at first seems a traditional family narrative. It is anything but." (Alice Sebold)

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  • A. Hunt
    Glasgow, Scotland
    7/23/14
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    "Beside myself!"

    This novel is funny and an easy read (listen), yet also profound and a little disturbing. I really related to the protagonist - no mean feat considering her early childhood was odd, to say the least whilst avoiding spoilers.
    I also liked the narrator.
    A top choice, highly recommended! So glad to hear that it's on the Booker longlist!

    1 of 1 people found this review helpful
  • C. Bolden
    Scotland
    8/1/14
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    "Disappointing"

    Given all the hype, I thought I would really enjoy this book but sadly the story didn't have much substance. I feel it could have been so much stronger and I ended up frustrated by the plot. The narrator, however, is really engaging. I sometimes struggle with American accents in audiobooks but I really liked her honey butter voice.

    1 of 2 people found this review helpful
  • Robert
    Cardiff, United Kingdom
    8/9/14
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    "Avoid avoid avoid!"

    I'm not sure which was more dull, the story or the narration. This book should come with a warning hazard: might cause drowsiness! Save your credit and give it a miss. The central character is so boring, endlessly navel gazing about her lost "sister". But the brutal truth is the loss has no impact on the reader. In fact, once you've discovered the sister's secret the story becomes vaguely laughable, ridiculous even. I wanted to shake "Rosie" and shout "grow up! You're bleating about NOTHING." Ok, rant over, save to say that Katherine Mangold's narration is ear bleedingly awful.

    2 of 5 people found this review helpful
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