2014 PEN Faulkner Award for Fiction

The 2014 Pen/Faulkner Award for Fiction went to:

Karen Joy Fowler

We Are All Completely Beside Ourselves

We Are All Completely Beside Ourselves

In the words of judge Manuel Muñoz, “This superb novel is not only comic and smart, it packs a surprising emotional punch. Fowler captures an altogether new dimension of themeaning and heartbreak of family dynamics.”

Judge Madison Smartt Bell adds, “This is a book that really does tell us something new about what it is to be human and what it is not to be.”

Meet the Cooke family. Our 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. (read more on GoodReads)



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