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Karen Joy Fowler: We Are All Completely Beside Ourselves (in association with Bristol Festival of Ideas)

Wednesday 19th March 2014 6:30pm - 7:30pm Bristol, Foyles, 6 Quakers Friars, Cabot Circus, Bristol, BS1 3BU Literary Event, Chargeable Event

From the New York Times-bestselling author Karen Joy Fowler comes We Are All Completely Beside Ourselves, the story of an American family, middle class in middle America, ordinary in every way but one. But that exception is the beating heart of this extraordinary novel. The narrator is Rosemary Cooke. As a child, she never stopped talking; as a young woman, she has wrapped herself in silence: the silence of intentional forgetting, of protective cover. Something happened, something so awful she has buried it in the recesses of her mind. Now her adored older brother is a fugitive, wanted by the FBI for domestic terrorism. And her once lively mother is a shell of her former self, her clever and imperious father now a distant, brooding man. And Fern, Rosemary's beloved sister, her accomplice in all their childhood mischief? Fern's is a fate the family, in all their innocence, could never have imagined.
Alice Sebold describes the book as 'a dark cautionary tale hanging out, incognito-style, in what at first seems a traditional family narrative'. Ursula K Le Guin calls it 'a strong, deep, sweet novel' and Ruth Ozeki says: 'It's been years since I've felt so passionate about a book. When I finished at 3 am, I wept, then I woke up the next morning, reread the ending, and cried all over again.'
Fowler talks about the writing of the book and her other work in this event.

BFOI logoTickets: £4.00 (including VAT). To book online, please click here.
Tickets also for sale at the store. Ticket entitles you to money off in Foyles at Cabot Circus - show it at the till to get a discount on featured titles on the night of the event, plus use it for 15% off all in store purchases for a month afterwards.

 

Author photo © Beth Gwinn

 

 

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