We Are All Completely Beside Ourselves, by Karen Joy Fowler

Rosemary is about to start college and decides not to tell anyone anything about her family.

BesidesOurselvesCoverRosemary is about to start college and decides not to tell anyone anything about her family.

Of course, you can’t choose your family, but they can certainly choose some life-changing decisions for you.

Rosemary used to have a sister, Fern, and a brother, but both have them have disappeared. We realise quite early on in this book - which was long-listed for the Man Booker Prize 2014 - that there was something distinctly odd about Fern. But what? It’s hard to put your finger on it. I am very tempted to give it away, but I won’t.

And in the end it doesn’t matter anyway. Because a sister is a sister, right? Well, kind of.

This book swoops around timelines and stories, and is fairly compulsive reading with witty one-liners and stray random bits of information that will stay with you long after you’ve finished the book. I can tell that this book divides opinion, but I’m happy to tell you that I loved it - although there were parts that I wish I hadn’t read, and parts that made me ashamed to be human.

This book raises some very intelligent questions and is incredibly ambitious in its themes. This was chosen for the book group that I belong to, and I foresee some heated discussions over a bottle of Sauvignon the next time The Harpies meet up. I’m looking forward to it.

Oh, and if you’re desperate to find out, have a look around page 77!