We Are All Completely Beside Ourselves

we are all completely beside ourselvesKaren Joy Fowler

First Sentence:     Those who know me will be surprised to learn that I was a great talker as a child.

Back of the book:

Rosemary’s young, just at college, and she’s decided not to tell anyone a thing about her family. So we’re not going to tell you too much either: you’ll have to find out for yourselves what it is that makes her unhappy family unlike any other.

Rosemary is now an only child, but she used to have a sister the same age as her, and an older brother. Both are now gone – vanished from her life. There’s something unique about Rosemary’s sister, Fern. So now she’s telling her story; a looping narrative that begins towards the end, and then goes back to the beginning. Twice.

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Last Sentence:     As if I were looking in a mirror.