Karen Joy Fowler
“I have no words sufficient to describe how excited and grateful I am to Nashville (Nashville!) for choosing my book for the spring read. Fortunately, my narrator, Rosemary Cooke, is never at a loss for words. She says that we are buoyant with happiness. Ebullient! Refulgent! We are so effervescent we fizz. Thank you to all concerned and I will see you in April.”
“At first, We Are All Completely Beside Ourselves seems like it’s going to be one of those smart, wacky books about families, but it just keeps getting deeper and darker and more complicated, turning in ways I never saw coming (and still managing to make me laugh.) If you missed the front page rave review in the New York Times Book Review by Barbara Kingsolver, well, good. Don’t read the reviews on this one. Don’t read the flap copy. Just read the book and let yourself be surprised. It really is a magnificent piece of work. My greatest joy has been handing it to people and telling them they have to read it. They keep coming back to tell me how much they loved it.”
“A novel so readably juicy and surreptitiously smart, it deserves all the attention it can get . . . [Its] fresh diction and madcap plot bend the tone toward comedy, but it never mislays its solemn raison d’être. Monkeyshines aside, this is a story of Everyfamily in which loss engraves relationships, truth is a soulful stalker and coming-of-age means facing down the mirror, recognizing the shape-shifting notion of self.”
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