The Book

Once upon a time there was a family with two daughters, and a mother and father who’d promised to love them both exactly the same.

Meet the Cooke family: Mother and Father, brother Lowell, sister Fern, and Rosemary, who begins her story in the middle.  She has her reasons.

As a child, Rosemary never stopped talking. Then, something happened, and Rosemary wrapped herself in silence.  At age twenty-two Rosemary is lonely, guarded and even secretive about her sad parents, her runaway brother, and the vanished-sister that everyone still misses; until she meets Harlow.  The seductively impulsive Harlow slowly becomes a much needed friend to Rosemary, helping her come to terms with her grief over the loss of her sister, face her haunting and painful past, and find her long-lost voice.

In We Are All Completely beside Ourselves, Karen Joy Fowler, best known for her novel The Jane Austen Book Club, spins a tale of a loving yet flawed family whose well-intentioned actions lead to heartbreaking consequences.

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