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<p>Karen Joy Fowler is the author of three short story collections and seven novels, includ... Read More

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<p>Karen Joy Fowler is the author of three short story collections and seven novels, including the forthcoming Booth. We Are All Completely Beside Ourselves was shortlisted for the Man Booker Prize 2014, won the PEN/Faulkner Prize and has sold over half a million copies.<br></p><p><b>'Wise, provocative and wildly endearing' Guardian</b><br><b>'Readably juicy and surreptitiously smart'</b><b> Barbara Kingsolver</b><br><b>THE MILLION-COPY BESTSELLER</b><br><br>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.<br><br>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.<br><br>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.</p>You can't choose your family, but they make choices for you.<b>Readably juicy and surreptitiously smart</b><b>Explosive, provocative, and thoughtful</b><b>A</b><b> dark cautionary tale hanging out, incognito-style, in what at first seems a traditional family narrative</b><b>One of the best novels I've read ever. It just destroyed me ... she's writing at the absolute top of her game</b>An<b> original and spontaneous</b> take on family that grabs you and doesn't let you go.<b>Wise, provocative and wildly endearing</b><b> ... achingly funny, deeply serious heart-breaker </b>Full of surprises, containing a real-life premise that beggars belief, a twist to rival anything in recent memory, and an ending that will have you in floods of tearsThere have been many books written about sibling love and rivalry but few, I'm sure, can <b>rend the heart and bore beneath the skin</b> quite like this one. I began lightly sobbing at about page 77 and continued intermittently until the end when the final few pages prompted a full-on, nose-blowing blubfest ... <b>prepare to be charmed and traumatised</b>Both one giant moral compass and a harrowing depiction of one family's tragic implosion, the prose zings on the pagesOne of <b>the most fabulous plot twists</b> since Magwitch was revealed as Pip's benefactor ... perceptive, poignantSo <b>readably juicy </b>and <b>surreptitiously smart </b>... <b>this is a story of every family </b>in which loss engraves relationships, truth is a soulful stalker and coming-of-age means facing down the mirror, recognizing the shape-shifting notion of self<b>Wise, provocative and wildly endearing</b> ... Many a novel has devoted itself to exploring variations of Larkin's lament about what mums and dads do to their kid. But if any other book has done it as exhilaratingly as the achingly funny, deeply serious heart-breaker that is Fowler's 10th novel, and made it ring true for the whole of mankind, I've yet to read it. This is a moral comedy to shout about from the rooftopsKaren Joy Fowler has written the book she's always had in her to write. With all the quiet strangeness of her amazing <i>Sarah Canary</i>, and all the <b>breezy wit and skill</b> of her beloved <i>Jane Austen Book Club</i>, and a new, urgent gravity, she has told the story of an American family. An unusual family - but aren't all families unusual? A very American, an only-in-America family-and yet an everywhere family, whose children, parents, siblings, love one another very much, and damage one another badly. Does the love survive the damage? Will human beings survive the damage they do to the world they love so much? <b>This is a strong, deep, sweet novel</b>It's been years since I've felt so passionate about a book. When I finished at 3 a.m., I wept, then I woke up the next morning, reread the ending, and cried all over againThe kind of book you'll want all your friends to read ... funny, surprising and heartbreakingSo thought provoking that <b>it could alter your future decisions as a consumer</b>. I don't want to say much about the plot of the book ... except <b>to compare it to Ann Patchett's <i>State of Wonder</i></b> in terms of weaving a larger story of radical, scientific experimentation into a very personal woman's narrativeThe strength of Fowler's writing is its piercing evocation of the dynamics of family ... probing the intricacies of love and loss with brave humour<b>Explosive, provocative, and thoughtful</b>, but still very funny. I'm so glad to have discovered the author.Holds a mirror up to reflect what we're really made ofA<b> dark cautionary tale hanging out, incognito-style, in what at first seems a traditional family narrative</b>. It is anything but. This novel is deliciously jaunty in tone and disturbing in material. Karen Joy Fowler tells the story of how one animal - the animal of man - can simultaneously destroy and expand our notion of what is possible<b>A comic novel that wrestles seriously with serious moral questions</b> ... Fowler knows how to make her story funny and sad and disturbing and revelatory by erecting a space in which her reader is allowed to feel all of that for herselfRosemary's voice is <b>achingly memorable</b>, and Fowler's intelligent discourse on science vs. compassion reshapes the traditional family novel into something more universally relevant... This <b>brave, bold, shattering novel reminds us what it means to be human</b>, in the best and worst senseHinges upon Rosemary's sharp voice, which at its best includes <b>funny, self-aware asides </b>such as an early reference to a character at a holiday dinner where she flippantly advises the reader, "Don't get attached to him; he's not really part of this story"Halfway through Karen Joy Fowler's enthralling novel "We Are All Completely Beside Ourselves," I was sort of beside myself, too, with that <b>electric thrill of discovering a great book</b>. I wanted to stay up all night to finish it, but I also wanted to stop and call all my book-loving friends immediately and blurt, "You have to read this book!"<b>Fascinating, moving, and beautifully written, but also it ripples with humor ...</b> Layered with a huge moral compass and enormous humanity, this portrait of a family will touch and delight every human[A]n <b>unsettling, emotionally complex </b>story that plumbs the mystery of our strange relationship with the animal kingdom - relatives includedNo contemporary writer creates characters more appealing, or examines them with greater acuity and forgiveness, than she doesA profound, moving and enchanting look at a very complex family.<p>An astonishing achievement. Giant-stepping back and forth through the life of its put-upon narrator, Rosemary Cooke, the youngest of three siblings, the reader is treated to a wild ride of<br>tragic hilarity, but one which only ever serves to heighten its beautiful, heartbreaking core... a genuinely stunning novel - certainly one of the year's finest.</p>With all the pace of a thriller and the emotional pull of a romantic novel, this masterful work is intelligently written and will reel you in, hook, line and sinker.My favourite book this year.Karen Joy Fowler is a very fine novelist indeed.The most impressively original book I've read this year.Dazzling ... shattering

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Title: We Are All Completely Beside Ourselves
Author: Karen Joy Fowler
SKU: BK0462617
EAN: 9781788167109
Language: English
Binding: Paperback

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Karen Joy Fowler is the author of six novels and three short story collections. <i>We Are All Completely Beside Ourselves</i> was shortlisted for the Man Booker Prize 2014, won the PEN/Faulkner Prize and has sold over half a million copies.

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