We Are All Completely Beside Ourselves by Karen Joy Fowler
Hard to know if this title is actually about the book or how you will react when reading it. This book comes with a twist you won’t see coming so yes, I was definitely a bit beside myself when the ‘what the?’ moment came mid story. Don’t worry , I won’t spoil what that moment is and you definitely won’t guess it either. Trust me on that one.
And clearly The Man Booker Prize critics were beside themselves with it because they shortlisted it in 2014.
The story traces the life of Rosemary from childhood, to college and onward. She is a strange one who doesn’t talk about many things but absolutely does not talk about one thing in particular. Rosemary had a sister Fern who one day, when Rosemary was five, vanished. Gone. Splitsky.
As if that was not enough, her brother Lowell also vanished and it has been 10 years since she saw him. So folks, needless to say, she is a little weird after all that.
It takes a while to learn why Fern and Lowell disappeared. And well, it’s just not what you expect to have happened so it makes for interesting reading alright. What else makes for interesting reading is Karen Joy Fowler’s skill with words. She is a really great writer. This book is funny, beautifully written and charming.
But it is traumatising too so do consider the title a warning if nothing else.
But that is just my 2 cents worth…..