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."
"This was totally worth the credit."
Who better to narrate today's best science-fiction stories than today's favorite science-fiction stars? This exciting collection features many.
"Just one complaint"
Six Californians join to discuss Jane Austen's novels. Over the six months they meet, marriages are tested, affairs begin, unsuitable arrangements become suitable, and love happens. With her finely sighted eye for the frailties of human behavior and her finely tuned ear for the absurdities of social intercourse, Fowler has never been wittier nor her characters more appealing. The result is a delicious dissection of modern relationships.
"agree with Lisa"
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.
"Heart achingly subversive"
If you loved The Jane Austen Book Club, you'll revel in Wit's End, a sly and clever novel of mystery, intrigue, and virtual reality.
"Two clever female characters, one young, one old"
Karen Joy Fowler, author of the best-selling The Jane Austen Book Club, joins other Austen enthusiasts including novelists Siri Hustvedt and Jennifer Egan to celebrate the work of one of English literature's best-loved authors. In connection with Penguin Classics' 60th Anniversary release of Jane Austen: The Complete Novels: Classic Deluxe Edition, this lively discussion will span the vivid characters, biting satire, and delicious romance of Austen's six novels. Selections read by Hope Davis.
This previously rare, out-of-print collection is being republished with a new prefatory meditation by the author. Featuring Fowler's characteristic imagination, sly wit, and penetrating insight, Black Glass will be a welcome treat for fans new and old.
San Francisco in the 1890s is a town of contradictions. Lizzie Hayes, a docile, middle-aged spinster, is praised for her volunteer work with the Ladies' Relief and Protection Society Home. When the wealthy but ill-reputed Mary Ellen Pleasant shows up with an orphan in tow, Lizzie is drawn to them both. For it is the beautiful Mrs. Pleasant, object of suspicion because of her rumoured voodoo practise, who holds the key to freeing Lizzie's rebellious nature.
The Los Angeles Times Festival of Books began in 1996 with a simple goal: to bring together the people who create books with the people who love to read them. The festival was an immediate success and has become the largest and most prestigious book festival in the country, attracting more than 130,000 book lovers each year....
Willkommen bei den Cookes, einer scheinbar völlig normalen Familie: Vater, Mutter, die pausenlos plappernde Rosemary, ihr großer Bruder Lowell und ihre ungestüme Schwester Fern. In Kindertagen ist Fern Rosemarys engste Gefährtin, ihre zweite Hälfte. Doch als sie fünf Jahre alt ist, verschwindet Fern spurlos. Ein Ereignis, das alles verändert: Rosemary verstummt und die Familie zerfällt.