Man Booker shortlisted and delightful: We are all completely beside ourselves by Karen Joy Fowler

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Rosemary’s life is overshadowed by the disappearance of her unusual sister Fern when she was five years old. Her family was forever changed, her brother ran away a few years later, her mother disappeared into mourning for many months and resentment, blame and mystery surrounds her memory of the past. When she meets a girl at college who reminds her of her sister a series of events begin that start her re-discovery of the events of the past.

This is a marvellous book and a delight to read! As well as exploring the mysteries of human memory and the impact of a distressing event from a young age on a lifetime and family it taught me me things I didn’t know and made me think things I’d never thought. It was a wonderful mix of literary thoughtfulness (shortlisted for the Man Booker Prize after all) and real warmth and humanity.