** We Are All Completely Beside Ourselves by Karen Fowler


What if your sister suddenly disappeared one day and no one spoke of her again? This is what happens to the heroine of  We Are All Completely Beside Ourselves, and the fact that her sister is in fact a chimp makes the question all the more poignant. The story is told at a madcap pace by the now adult narrator, organized in large time periods annoyingly set up by a recitation of (irrelevant) news events of the time, and annoyingly interrupted by occasional discourses on animal welfare — but the memories of growing up are fresh and funny, and the relatively happy ending is uplifting without being mushy.

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