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Karen Joy Fowler: "We Are All Completely Beside Ourselves"

As a child, Rosemary never stopped talking. As a young woman she wrapped herself in silence –- the silence of intentional forgetting, of protective cover. Something happened, something so awful that it changed Rosemary and destroyed her family. It is 1996 in Bloomington, Ind. Rosemary’s once lively mother is a shell of her former self, and her brother is a fugitive. Fern, Rosemary’s beloved sister, is removed from the house. The latest novel by best-selling author Karen Joy Fowler, called "We Are All Completely Beside Ourselves," is a new take on the dysfunctional American family. It raises questions about the power of language and what it means to be part of the animal kingdom.

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Reprinted from "We Are All Completely Beside Ourselves" by Karen Joy Fowler with permission from Marian Wood Books/Putnam, a member of The Penguin Group Inc. Copyright © 2013.

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