Sunday, June 16, 2013


We Are All Completely Beside Ourselves, Karen Joy Fowler, Marion Wood Book/Putnam, 2013, 308 pp

Having been forced to read Fowler's The Jane Austen Book Club for a reading group and being the only one who didn't like it, I only decided to read this one based on some very glowing pre-publication reviews. It was like reading a completely different author. I loved every page and especially was captivated by the narrator.

Then I got the opportunity to review it for BookBrowse. My review is accessible for the next several days without having a subscription. It begins thus:

          "Karen Joy Fowler's new novel, We Are All Completely Beside Ourselves is a story about a family torn apart by the loss of one member. While that is not an unusual occurrence in novels about families, never have I read one in which the lost member was a chimpanzee..." Read the rest here.

(We Are All Completely Beside Ourselves is available in various formats by order from Once Upon A Time Bookstore.)


  1. Sounds like a goodie! Cheers

  2. I didn't like Jane Austen Book Club either. The idea was great, but the execution left much to be desired. I particularly remember really hating the narrative voice. It's told in the first person, ostensibly by a member of the book club, but it's totally not anyone in the book. That made no sense to me whatsoever and really bothered me. I will definitely be looking to pick up this book.