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Words of a Bibliophile

"It's only words, and words are all I have, to take your heart away." —Bee Gees

We Are All Completely Beside Ourselves by Karen Joy Fowler

We Are All Completely Beside Ourselves - Karen Joy Fowler

Before starting this book I was already aware of the big twist in the story, having read a spoiler in a review by accident. I'm not sure if my experience would've been enhanced had I not known about it beforehand, but nonetheless I did enjoy this thought-provoking book, which has many more twists in unexpected directions than the one I'd already known. While some parts are funny in a wry, cynical way, the book's tone is mostly sad but with a hopeful ending, as the main character Rosemary struggles with loss, misunderstandings, the unreliability of memory, one's relationship as a human with other living beings, forgiving oneself as well as others, and that complicated, maddening, inescapable bond with one's family.