We Are All Completely Beside Ourselves

We Are All Completely Beside Ourselves

Book - 2013
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In this novel we meet the Cooke family. Our narrator is Rosemary Cooke. As a child, she never stopped talking; as a young woman, she has wrapped herself in silence: the silence of intentional forgetting, of protective cover. Something happened, something so awful she has buried it in the recesses of her mind. It changed Rosemary and it destroyed her family. Now her older brother is a fugitive, wanted by the FBI for domestic terrorism. And her once lively mother is a shell of her former self; her clever and imperious father now a distant, brooding man. And Fern her sister, an endearing chimpanzee, her accomplice in all their childhood mischief, has come to a far more terrible fate than their family could ever have imagined. -- From book jacket.
Publisher: New York : G.P. Putnam's Sons, [2013]
ISBN: 9780399162091
Branch Call Number: FICTION FOWLER 2013
Characteristics: 310 pages ; 22 cm


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You thought your family had issues! This novel tells about a family dealing with secrets and sorrow in the aftermath of the loss of a beloved sister. It's just as interesting as it is moving. I don't want to tell you too much and ruin some of the surprises in this thoughtful, entertaining book.

Rosemary reflects on the impact of having her sister Fern removed from the family home when she was a child, and her brother's subsequent alliance with animal rights groups.
Reading level: Adults

Coming of age in middle America, 18-year-old Rosemary evaluates how her entire youth was defined by the presence and forced removal of an endearing chimpanzee who was secretly regarded as a family member and who Rosemary loved as a sister.

DO NOT READ ANY REVIEW OR SUMMARIES OF THIS BOOK! Just dive in and read! It's beautifully written and totally surprising.

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Jun 01, 2015

Loved this book. Parts of it are very hard to hear but the truth is very painful.

kellnerm Feb 07, 2014

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annieloublue Oct 30, 2013

I did not finish this book and do not ever care to read any of her other books. I know this is in contrast to many other reviews but I really did not like it. One star is more than it deserves.


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