We Are All Completely Beside Ourselves

We Are All Completely Beside Ourselves

Downloadable Audiobook - 2013
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From the New York Times bestselling author of The Jane Austen Book Club comes the story of a middle-class American family, ordinary in every way but one-and that exception becomes the beating heart of this extraordinary novel. Meet the Cooke family: mother and dad, brother Lowell, sister Fern, and our narrator, Rosemary, who begins her story in the middle. She has her reasons. "I spent the first eighteen years of my life defined by this one fact: I was raised with a chimpanzee," she tells us. "It's never going to be the first thing I share with someone. I tell you Fern was a chimp and already you aren't thinking of her as my sister. But until Fern's expulsion, I'd scarcely known a moment alone. She was my twin, my funhouse mirror, my whirlwind other half, and I loved her as a sister." Rosemary was not yet six when Fern was removed. Over the years, she's managed to block a lot of memories. She's smart, vulnerable, innocent, and culpable. With some guile, she guides us through the darkness, penetrating secrets and unearthing memories, leading us deeper into the mystery she has dangled before us from the start. Stripping off the protective masks that have hidden truths too painful to acknowledge, in the end, "Rosemary" truly is for remembrance.
Publisher: [United States] : Penguin Audio : Made available through hoopla, 2013
Edition: Unabridged
ISBN: 9781470881405
1470881403
Branch Call Number: eAudiobook hoopla
Characteristics: 1 online resource (1 audio file (8hr., 58 min.)) : digital
Additional Contributors: Cassidy, Orlagh
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RescueDog
May 22, 2017

This book was highly rated by many, but not by me. The last two discs especially were preachy about animal abuse. On and on sounding more like an essay than a novel. The plot wasn't enjoyable, probably because none of the main characters were likable. I don't know why I didn't quit after the first couple of CD's, but I did listen to the entire book.

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Cotugirl
Apr 27, 2015

Story takes a while to get set up but once everything is in place, I found it very interesting.

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joliebergman
Oct 24, 2014

...this is a strange story.

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