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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 artikabakshi

Artika Aurora Bakshi Artika co-manages 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 and Daily News and various blogs, such as,,, She is actively involved with SAARC Women's Association of Sri Lanka. An avid reader, Artika runs an online book club with a membership base of over 600 members. Her passion for reading has led her to helping other writers with their manuscripts. Her short stories have been published online and she is also working on her own novel. Artika has published My Little Sikh Handbook and is currently working on her second children's book, with Sikhism as its central theme. You can reach Artika at .

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