By Dakota.Me.UK, Jan 17 2016 10:00AM
We are All Completely Beside Ourselves, Karen Joy Fowler, Serpent’s Tail, 2014.
We are All Completely Beside Ourselves is a title which draws the reader in, and after the revelation on page 77 – no spoilers here – we see why.
At first it appears the novel will be a family focused tale, but there is so much more to it than that. The main focus is Rosemary and her siblings, but we eventually see there is more to this family set up than meets the eye. Both her brother and sister are not currently in her life, and as the novel unfolds, we see why.
Fowler’s book was nominated for the Man Booker Prize 2014, and it is certainly a unique read. As an animal lover it definitely focuses on issues that have been current for some time – sorry to be vague, again, avoiding spoilers!
We are All Completely Beside Ourselves is definitely one of a kind, while focusing on this particular family, reflects on humanity as a whole and what it means to be human. Recommended if you are looking for a novel unlike any other.