We Are All Completely beside Ourselves

A Novel
eAudio - unabridged
Audio (8.95 hours)
Product Number: Z100096888
Released: Jun 21, 2015
Business Term: Purchase
ISBN: #9781481594509
Narrator/s: Orlagh Cassidy
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From the New York Times bestselling author of The Jane Austen Book Club comes the story of a middle-class American family, ordinary in every way but one-and that exception becomes the beating heart of this extraordinary novel. Meet the Cooke family: mother and dad, brother Lowell, sister Fern, and our narrator, Rosemary, who begins her story in the middle. She has her reasons. "I spent the first eighteen years of my life defined by this one fact: I was raised with a chimpanzee," she tells us. "It's never going to be the first thing I share with someone. I tell you Fern was a chimp and already you aren't thinking of her as my sister. But until Fern's expulsion, I'd scarcely known a moment alone. She was my twin, my funhouse mirror, my whirlwind other half, and I loved her as a sister." Rosemary was not yet six when Fern was removed. Over the years, she's managed to block a lot of memories. She's smart, vulnerable, innocent, and culpable. With some guile, she guides us through the darkness, penetrating secrets and unearthing memories, leading us deeper into the mystery she has dangled before us from the start. Stripping off the protective masks that have hidden truths too painful to acknowledge, in the end, "Rosemary" truly is for remembrance.

Author(s): Karen Joy Fowler
Awards:2014-Fiction-Winner-Pen Faulkner Award for Fiction,
2014-Fiction-Shortlist-Man Booker Prize,
2014-New York Times Bestseller
Original Publish Date: May 30, 2013

All formats/editions

Author(s): Karen Joy Fowler
Narrator(s): Orlagh Cassidy
Product Number DD11484
Released: May 31, 2013
Business Term: Purchase
ISBN: #9781470881436
Author(s): Karen Joy Fowler
Product Number EB00397493
Released: Jun 05, 2014
Business Term: 2 Year
Publisher: G.P. Putnam's Sons
ISBN: #9781101595688

Professional reviews

"Karen Joy Fowler (THE JANE AUSTEN BOOK CLUB) casts a clear-eyed look at the traumatic results of an innocent, if misguided, undertaking. In a time when cross-species fostering is encouraged to chart the effects on both animal and human children, the Cooke family adopts a baby chimpanzee, intended to grow up alongside their children. Orlagh Cassidy makes it clear that human siblings Rosemary and Lowell consider the chimp, Fern, their sister, not just a medical experiment. Cassidy delivers the complex sibling rivalry between Fern and Rosemary with genuine understanding. Later, as Rosemary uncovers repressed memories, particularly about Fern, who disappeared when Rosemary was 5, the causes of their mother's subsequent depression and their father's alcoholism, as well as Lowell's animal rights activism, become clear. Cassidy's performance offers an electric combination of understatement and highly charged emotions. Powerful listening. S.J.H. (c) AudioFile 2013, Portland, Maine"

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