Tuesday, October 21, 2014

We Are All Completely Beside Ourselves by Karen Joy Fowler

We Are All Completely Beside Ourselves
by Karen Joy Fowler

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SAVE the Chimps

Published: February 2014
Publisher: Plume
Genre: Contemporary fiction, animals
Paperback: 320 pages
Rating: 5

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.


My two-bits:

I picked this one up because I was curious about this year's Man Booker Prize book nominations. And coincidentally, I found that I have a few books on the Longlist.

Wow! what a great read this one is!

Loved how it goes into psychology and social development of humans and animals.

Got me thinking of the treatment of domestic and wild animals and the tendency to anthropomorphize them.

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* Winner of the 2014 PEN/Faulkner Award

* Winner of the 2014 California Book Award for Fiction

* Shortlisted on 2014 Man Booker Prize

* added this to my Bookish Bingo challenge - square: Creature on Cover

1 comment:

  1. Glad you enjoyed, it sounds extremely interesting! I do think we anthropomorphize these creatures (well, we do that with a LOT of things, guess it helps us relate) but anyway - I read one theory that postulates we mirror our personalities onto our pets. As a confirmed animal lover I find it all fascinating <3 :)

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