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We Are All Completely Beside Ourselves by Karen Joy Fowler

Being short-listed for the prestigious Man Booker Prize in itself is reason enough for picking up this novel.

Rosemary Cooke, narrates her story in a very “talkative style”. As a child she could not stop talking, but when she grew up, her life was engulfed with silence.

The narrative is witty, dark and wise. The plot is a complex one, but totally sucks the reader in. Karen Joy Fowler brings to life a unique experiment from history that not many of us know about. Her research is flawless and the writing style simply beautiful. The more you read, the more you want to know how it ends and skipping even a bit is not an option, because it will take away the thrill when the plot unfolds.

There are no spoilers in this review. Just get the book and read!!


We Are All Completely Beside Ourselves

Karen Joy Fowler

320 pages

Published by Profile Books Ltd.











About artikaaurorabakshi

Artika Aurora Bakshi Artika Aurora Bakshi is the author of three well-acclaimed children’s books,My Little Sikh Handbook, My Little Sikh Handbook 2: Ardas, My Little Sikh Handbook: Travel Journal, and an anthology of stories, Hold On To Me. Her first story, set in Amritsar, during the pre-Partition period, All She Had Left, was published on Story Mirror. She co-manages, a manuscript help and book review site. Her passion for reading has led her to helping other writers with their manuscripts. She comes from a family of lawyers and has a master’s degree in International Banking & Finance. Currently based in Sri Lanka, she teaches Commerce and History on a part-time basis at an international school and enjoys being part of the literary scene in Sri Lanka. A regular at the Galle Literary Festival and other literary events in Sri Lanka, Artika’s articles and book reviews have featured in the Daily Mirror, Daily News, The Ceylon Chronicle, and various blogs, such as,,, She was actively involved with SAARC Women’s Association of Sri Lanka and was President of the Association in 2016. An avid reader, Artika runs an online book club with a membership base of over 600 members. Her quotes are featured under soul.nightingale on Instagram and on Soul Nightingale by Artika Aurora Bakshi on Facebook. Artika is also working on her fourth children’s book in the My Little Sikh Handbook series and a second anthology of stories for adults. You can reach Artika at .

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