We Are All Completely Beside Ourselves -- Karen Joy Fowler

Meet the Cooke family. Our narrator is Rosemary Cooke. As a child, she never stopped talking; as a young woman, she has wrapped herself in silence: the silence of intentional forgetting, of protective cover. Something happened, something so awful she has buried it in the recesses of her mind.

Now her adored older brother is a fugitive, wanted by the FBI for domestic terrorism. And her once lively mother is a shell of her former self, her clever and imperious father now a distant, brooding man.

And Fern, Rosemary’s beloved sister, her accomplice in all their childhood mischief? Fern’s is a fate the family, in all their innocence, could never have imagined.

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  • Maureen

    Did everyone enjoy the book, even though the premise is very different? Did you discuss the concepts of self image/knowledge; the connections or differences between us and other animals? I enjoyed the movement of time in the novel; I read Alysha's review on the blog spot, and I know you commented on that. I did have to remind me self at times of exactly which beginning/middle/end that narrator was revealing, but it made the book suspenseful and a relatively fast read. What did people think of the ending?

    I would love to hear any comments. I will post this on Good Reads also in case some of you are on that.

    Have a good weekend!

    August 9

  • Maureen

    My sincere apologies. I was really looking forward to discussing this most intriguing book with you. I have had something come up last minute and will not be able to make it. If anyone has time to give me a snapshot of the conversation afterwards, I would appreciate it.

    I plan to see you next month. Sorry for the last minute notice.

    August 9

  • jenny c.

    I can't come tomorrow because of my work schedule, but I will get everything set straight for next month. Sorry :(

    August 8

  • Justin R.

    Arg! I am out of town for the next two meetings. I look forward to October, I guess.

    July 29

  • Alysha Rose B.

    Here is the blog I was talking about at our last meeting: http://foldedpagesdistillery.blogspot.com/ I did a review of this book and it is on there.

    3 · July 26

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