We Are All Completely Beside Ourselves by Karen Joy Fowler

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This is a story about Rosemary, her family’s past and how their story has shaped her and her future.  Extrovert and talkative as a child, she is much more quiet in college yet at the same time out of control. Events from years ago come back to demand her attention and questions about her beloved sister Fern and later her brother Lowell’s disappearance from her life follow her to California. Her brother turns up while on the run from the FBI and this and other events force her to confront events from her childhood.

I hadn’t heard of this book before coming across it and there is an unusual and unexpected twist in the story which I don’t want to give away. This book has many layers; it’s sad, thought provoking and involves ethics, grief and emotion. A really unique and absorbing read!

You can reserve a copy on South Dublin Libraries’ catalogue here.

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