Wednesday, 12 November 2014

30 days of books for christmas - we are all completely beside ourselves

Karen Joy Fowler's We are all completely beside ourselves is beautifully written.  It starts out with a slow pace that leads us inside protagonist Rosemary's world.  She tells us that as a child, she used to talk a lot - not that anyone would realise now.  Instead of voicing her feelings, Rosemary's thoughts become internalised and the readers is blessed with her insight and sharp commentary.  As she reaches back into her memories, we learn that Rosemary's family life was less than conventional.  She is now an adult, coming to terms with the loss of her siblings.

Short listed for the Man Booker Prize, this novel is a must read that suits the holiday mode - not that it is a light read by any means, but because you need time to savour the prose and enjoy it for what it is.  It's not a book to be rushed, so take the phone off the hook, sit back and soak it in.  And with a cover like this, it makes a welcome addition to the bookshelf, whether it's nose in or facing out - just beautiful don't you think?!


  1. I can't wait to read this when I come over!!!! I just finished reading 'The Island' by Victoria Hislip and I loved it. xx

    1. There will be a couple more to add to the list by then too. So hard to catch up with everything!

  2. Gaaahhhh - I meant The Sunrise although I did love The Island too!

  3. This is my book group read this month, lots of folks reading it just now it seems! X