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We Are All Completely Beside Ourselves



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Author
Fowler, Karen Joy
Descriptors
Animal Rights
Childhood
Coming-of-Age
Family Relationships
Female Protagonists
First Person Narratives
Location/Setting:
California
Indiana
Time Period:
1980s
1990s
2000s
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Summary
Rosemary "Rose" Cooke is the daughter of a sociologist, and as such, she experienced an unusual childhood that she's reluctant to reveal to almost everyone. The biggest of her secrets is that her family had a chimpanzee, named Fern, who was raised like a sister to Rose and her brother. When Rose is only six-years-old, Fern is taken away and the Cooke family is traumatized and fractured in irreparable ways.
Critique
A fabulous, fascinating, humorous yet emotional novel that teaches readers a bit about the sociology of humans and chimps along the way. Rosemary is a realistically portrayed protagonist, despite her very unconventional upbringing and her first person account of her strange life reads like a confessional conversation. Clear your calendar for a few hours--this is one compelling read.
ISBN
9780399162091
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# of Pages
310
Published
2013
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Reviewer's Initials: CO


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