I thought I would take a break from the London posts, as I am sure those of you uninterested will take a huge sigh of relief at. I have continued to read throughout this year- for pleasure and not just towards my degree.
The latest fiction novel was ‘We Are All Completely Beside Ourselves’ by Karen Joy Fowler. I was intrigued to read this immediately after scanning the blurb which tells you that the protagonist, Rosemary, discusses her childhood and how it was used in her psychologist father’s experiments.
There are parts of the experiment that Rosemary can remember and parts that she isn’t too sure on. We are taken on a journey down memory lane as we sympathise with Rosemary’s heartache at her sister’s removal and then her brother’s disappearance. Rose grows up with gaps in her memory and understanding that no one remaining can fill for her.
As she grows up and moves away, we discover the truth behind what really happened and wait, in anticipation, to see if any of the tragedy can be resolved or somewhat healed.
Despite finding the book hard to follow at times, I thoroughly enjoyed the unique storyline, exciting plot and even the moments that tested my patience and made me tear up.
If you’re after a book that is completely different to anything you have ever read before then I could not recommend this book enough! It gets increasingly difficult to find a book that doesn’t overuse the same old clichés and so I am very pleased to have picked up this little gem.