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We Are All Completely Beside Ourselves

June 29, 2019

 

 

I recently finished "we are all completely beside ourselves" by Karen Joy Fowler. It will come up in our back to school guide - but it's a quick summer read if you are interested in a fictional, anthropological story told from a different perspective. The reason I'm suggesting it for this space is that it reviews how a girl grew up in a culturally different environment, how that makes her see the world, and how she wrestles with that world. I think it's a story we can all relate to!

 

This was a Man Booker Prize finalist, and I've never read one of those and found them to be poorly done. 

 

 There are a lot of important and interesting themes that Fowler brings up in a world that feels a long ways away. She brings up ideas of family, how we process the world as kids and use those templates as adults, where do we belong, big existential questions, presented in a thoughtful and engaging way. I would describe the book as meditative.

 

I hope you enjoy!

 

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