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Monday, April 11, 2016

"We are all Completely Beside Ourselves" by Karen Joy Fowler

This book, "We are All Completely Beside Ourselves" captivated me in the first chapter. Then, half way through the book, I looked up and said, "boy, I didn't see that one coming!" I haven't been this surprised with a plot twist since "Gone Girl," I then had to take a drink of hot chocolate, then dove back wanting to know more.

I selected this book because it was shortlisted for the Booker Prize in 2014, so thought it must be good. And it is. This is one of those books that will linger long after you come to the end.

Here is what GoodReads says about the book:

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. 

If you dabble in science, feel like you can classify peoples weird behaviors, or even question government authority, you will probably enjoy this book, too.  You will also probably feel better if you read it while you are snuggled in your blankie.