Shortlisted for the 2014 Man Booker Prize Winner of the 2014 PEN/Faulkner Award One of the New York Times Book Review's 100 Notable Books of 2013 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. "A gripping, big-hearted book...through the tender voice of her protagonist, Fowler has a lot to say about family, memory, language, science, and indeed the question of what constitutes a human being."-Khaled Hosseini
Praise for We Are All Completely Beside Ourselves "A novel so readably juicy and surreptitiously smart, it deserves all the attention it can get...[Its] fresh diction and madcap plot bend the tone toward comedy, but it never mislays its solemn raison d'être. Monkeyshines aside, this is a story of Everyfamily 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."-Barbara Kingsolver, The New York Times Book Review "Fowler's interests here are in what sets humans apart from their fellow primates. Cognitive, language and memory skills all come into playful question. But the heart of the novel-and it has a big, warm, loudly beating heart throughout-is in its gradually pieced-together tale of family togetherness, disruption and reconciliation. We Are All Completely Beside Ourselves is Fowler at her best, mixing cerebral and emotional appeal together in an utterly captivating manner."-The Seattle Times "Elegantly and humorously orchestrated...Knitting together Rosemary's at times poignant, at times hilarious scraps of uncovered memories, Fowler creates a fantastical tale of raw, animalistic love."-O, The Oprah Magazine "[The novel] lies somewhere between psychological thriller, scientific theory and coming-of-age story, a seemingly untenable combination. But Fowler, through wit and mastery of her craft, handles the complexity effortlessly."-USA Today "This brave, bold, shattering novel reminds us what it means to be human, in the best and worst sense."-The Miami Herald "Rosemary's voice-vulnerable, angry, shockingly honest-is so compelling and the cast of characters, including Fern, irresistible. A fantastic novel: technically and intellectually complex, while emotionally gripping."-Kirkus (starred review) "Piquant humor, refulgent language, a canny plot rooted in real-life experiences, an irresistible narrator, threshing insights, and tender emotions-Fowler has outdone herself in this deeply inquisitive, cage-rattling novel."-Booklist (starred review) "A strong, unsettling novel...Fowler explores the depths of human emotions and delivers a tragic love story that captures our hearts."-Library Journal (starred review) "Rosemary's experience [is] a fascinating basis for insight into memory, the mind, and human development."-Publishers Weekly "In this curious, wonderfully intelligent novel, Karen Joy Fowler brings to life a most unusual family. Wonderful Fern, wonderful Rosemary! Through them we feel what it means to be a human animal."-Andrea Barrett, author of Servants of the Map and Ship Fever "Karen Joy Fowler has written the book she's always had in her to write. With all the quiet strangeness of her amazing Sarah Canary, and all the breezy wit and skill of her beloved Jane Austen Book Club, 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? This is a strong, deep, sweet novel."-Ursula K. Le Guin, author of Lavinia, The Unreal and the Real, and the Earthsea Cycle "We Are All Completely Beside Ourselves is a dark cautionary tale hanging out, incognito-style, in what at first seems a traditional family narrative. 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."-Alice Sebold, New York Times-bestselling author of The Lovely Bones and The Almost Moon "You know how people say something is incredible or unbelievable when they mean it's excellent? Well, Karen Joy Fowler's new
Karen Joy Fowler ist in Bloomington, Indiana, geboren und aufgewachsen. Mit dreißig Jahren beschloss sie, Schriftstellerin zu werden. Seither hat sie zahlreiche Kurzgeschichten und mehrere Romane verfasst, von denen einer für den renommierten PEN/Faulkner Award nominiert war. Die Autorin lebt mit ihrem Mann in Davis, Kalifornien.