‘We Are All Completely Beside Ourselves’ by Karen Joy Fowler


BLURB: ‘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’ (Goodreads.com)


PAGE COUNT: Approx 310 (Penguin books)

STAR RATING: (★★★★★) – just read this book.

The most frustrating this is that I can’t go into intense detail about this book without revealing its long-withheld secret, and I would hate if someone had told me. I managed to miraculously evade it, so is just about the best plot twist I’ve read in years. It evoked such a strong feeling in me it’s hard not to relay what a great story this is. If you haven’t read it, LOCK YOURSELF IN A DARK ROOM UNTIL YOU GET A COPY.

So, forgive me.

This is an easy and enjoyable read yes, but it’s also a complex read that provokes you to think and has many different layers. I’m a complete sucker for books with twists, books with mysterious cliff-hanging last lines and dramatic moments. This book thrives off them. It brings up subjects that I had never read about, without being didactic or preaching, in a funny and wry way, which is hard to find. It’s a novel for people who love novels.

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