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, Fowler’s smart, funny, heartbreaking novel, is about a middle-class American family, ordinary in every way except one: Fern, being raised by psychologist parents, is a chimp. Rosemary, the narrator, knows Fern as her sister. Then something happened, and Fern disappears from the family. The novel explores memory, family life, childhood, child rearing, what it means to be human.
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 is the author of six novels and three story collections, which range from contemporary and historical to literary and science fiction. Her books include The Jane Austen Book Club, which spent 19 weeks on the New York Times bestseller list and was made into a major motion picture.
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
See the schedule of events with the author.