We Are All Completely Beside Ourselves: Shortlisted for the Booker Prize

Front Cover
Profile, Mar 6, 2014 - Fiction - 320 pages
3507 Reviews
Reviews aren't verified, but Google checks for and removes fake content when it's identified

'Wise, provocative and wildly endearing' Guardian
'Readably juicy and surreptitiously smart' Barbara Kingsolver

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.

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.

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.

What people are saying - Write a review

User ratings

5 stars
4 stars
3 stars
2 stars
1 star

Reviews aren't verified, but Google checks for and removes fake content when it's identified

LibraryThing Review

User Review  - LindaLoretz - LibraryThing

We are All Completely Beside Ourselves is a most unusual family story which takes sibling rivalry and family secrets to a whole new level. The reader meets Rosemary Cooke, protagonist, as a young ... Read full review

LibraryThing Review

User Review  - spounds - LibraryThing

Rosemary Cooke is telling the story of her sister, who mysteriously disappeared one day, and her brother who took off soon after. About a quarter of the way through the book there is a revelation out ... Read full review

Other editions - View all

About the author (2014)

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.

Bibliographic information