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Publisher's Summary

Rosemary's started college, and she's decided not to tell anyone about her family. Rosemary is now an only child, but she used to have a sister the same age as her, and an older brother. Both are now gone - vanished from her life. There was something unique about Rosemary's sister, Fern. You'll have to find out for yourself what it is that makes her unhappy family unlike any other.
©2014 Karen Joy Fowler (P)2014 W F Howes Ltd
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Critic Reviews

"A dark cautionary tale hanging out, incognito-style, in what at first seems a traditional family narrative. It is anything but." ( Alice Sebold)
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4 out of 5 stars
By Earnest on 01-31-15

Heart achingly subversive

Nothing could have surprised me more than the experience of listening to this story. Highly suspicious of being bludgeoned into supporting any cause unwittingly, it was nonetheless extraordinarily fine to be pushed into uncomfortable places by the writer on numerous occasions.
Crafting together family dysfunction with wry humour and the inescapable tragedy it engenders in yet another way is a real accomplishment. Being human. What a gift, too often squandered.
The actor 's voice often threatened to make the tone far, far too sombre but on reflection, it seems appropriate.

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5 out of 5 stars
By Heather on 11-29-14

Breathtaking literature

What did you love best about We Are All Completely Beside Ourselves?

This is an extraordinary book that deserved to win the Booker - it will stay with you long after its finished - told with humour and wit, and giving insight into how we might be, if we'd been raised only a little differently. A reflection on our place in the world.

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5 out of 5 stars
By Mags on 01-30-15

Fab story beautifully told

Very thought provoking story I was sad to finish it as I enjoyed it so much I wanted to learn more! Highly recommend!

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6 of 6 people found this review helpful

5 out of 5 stars
By Amazon Customer on 01-23-15

thought provoking

really enjoyed this book would definitrly revommend it. Perhaps initoally hard to get into but well worth hanging on. Good discussion at our book club about the like ability of characters, memory & early development in formative years effects later relationships. Split opionion aboit the ending amongst the group.

enjoy.

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5 out of 5 stars
By Katherine R. Day on 03-15-16

Worth a listen. :)

I found this hard to get into at first as the narrators voice was monotonous and very little happened at the start BUT stick to it! After the first bit I was then hooked and it was really easily listening and highly enjoyable.

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4 out of 5 stars
By Alisha on 09-22-15

Not what you think!

Interesting, unusual, intriguing.

Well written and well told. This story is out of the ordinary.

Well worth the read!

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