"A gripping, bighearted book." --Khaled Hosseini Winner of the 2014 PEN/Faulkner Award One of the "New York Times Book Review's "100 Notable Books of 2013 and named by "The Christian Science Monitor "as one of the top 15 works of fiction The "New York Times" bestselling author of "The Jane Austen Book Club" introduces a middle-class American family, ordinary in every way but one. Meet the Cooke family: Mother and Dad, brother Lowell, sister Fern, and Rosemary, who begins her story in the middle. She has her reasons. "I was raised with a chimpanzee," she explains. "I tell you Fern was a chimp and already you aren't thinking of her as my sister. But until Fern's expulsion ... she was my twin, my funhouse mirror, my whirlwind other half and I loved her as a sister." As a child, Rosemary never stopped talking. Then, something happened, and Rosemary wrapped herself in silence. In "We Are All Completely beside Ourselves, " Karen Joy Fowler weaves her most accomplished work to date--a tale of loving but fallible people whose well-intentioned actions lead to heartbreaking consequences.
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Karen Joy Fowler, one of the most accomplished and most adroit fiction writers in America (Los Angeles Review of Books), lives in Santa Cruz, California. She is the author of six novels and three story collections, which range from contemporary and historical to literary and science fiction. Her short stories have won Nebula and World Fantasy awards, and in 2014, We Are All Completely Beside Ourselves, hailed by Khaled Hosseini as a gripping, bighearted book, won the PEN/Faulkner Award and the California Book Award and was a finalist for England s Man Booker Prize in the first year it was opened to Americans.