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February 11, 2016


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The Washington Center for the Book at The Seattle Public Library announces the 2016 featured work:

We Are All Completely Beside Ourselves by Karen Joy Fowler (Plume Books, 2014)


About the Book

"We Are All Completely Beside Ourselves" is about a middle-class American family, ordinary in every way except one: Mother and Dad (psychologists), brother Lowell, sisters Fern and Rosemary. The narrator, 18-year-old Rose, begins her story in the middle for a reason: "I was raised with a chimpanzee, she explains. I tell you Fern was a chimp and already you aren't thinking of her as my sister. But until Fern's expulsion she was my twin, my funhouse mirror, my whirlwind other half and I loved her as a sister. As a child, Rosemary never stopped talking. Then, something happened, and Rosemary wrapped herself in silence."

“We Are All Completely Beside Ourselves” won the 2014 PEN/Faulkner Award as well as the California Book Award for Fiction, and was shortlisted for the Man Booker Prize the first year the prize was open to Americans.


About Karen Joy Fowler

Karen Joy Fowler (c) Brett Hall Jones Fowler is the author of three story collections and six novels, which range from contemporary and historical to literary and science fiction. She is also the author of “The Jane Austen Book Club,” which spent 19 weeks on the New York Times bestseller list and was made into a major motion picture. Consistently acclaimed by critics, most of her titles have been New York Times Notable Books and been named to many best-of-year lists. Fowler is also the co-founder of the James Tiptree Jr. Award and the current president of the Clarion Foundation (also known as Clarion San Diego). Born and raised in an academic family in Bloomington, Indiana, she holds undergraduate and graduate degrees in South Asian Studies from the University of California, Berkeley. She lived for many years in Davis, California, and now lives in Santa Cruz.


Karen Joy Fowler will visit Seattle May 20-22, 2016. Details and a schedule of events will be announced in mid-February.

About 'Seattle Reads'

"Seattle Reads" is designed to deepen engagement in literature through reading and discussion. Seattle Reads “We Are All Completely Beside Ourselves” is made possible by The Seattle Public Library Foundation and The Wallace Foundation, with additional support from media sponsors The Seattle Times and KUOW 94.9 Public Radio, and Plume Books and The Elliott Bay Book Co.

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2016 Seattle Reads: 'We are all completely beside ourselves' by Karen Joy Fowler
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