Karen Joy Fowler Interview

12 Nov, 2014 by

Karen Joy Fowler Interview

Karen Joy Fowler is the author of three short story collections, and five previous novels, the best known of which, The Jane Austen Book Club spent thirteen weeks on the NY Times bestseller list. I’m not sure whether her latest novel, We Are All Completely Beside Ourselves, has equalled that record yet, but its certainly been met with rapturous critical acclaim and has won the Pen/Faulkner award, the Californian Book Award for Fiction, and was shortlisted for the, now global, Man Booker Prize.

Rosemary Cooke was a talkative child, so talkative that her mother eventually advised her to speak only one out of every two thoughts that came to her, later revised to one in three. But, as an adult, Rosemary has largely submerged herself in silence, and her once-close family has fallen apart. Her older brother is on the run from the FBI, her mother is bitter, rejuvanated by aggravation, and her father,a psychologist, is distant and uncaring. As the book progresses, we find that much of the family’s decline can be tied back to Fern, Rosemary’s twin, her missing sister. But Fern was no ordinary sister, as we soon find out.

When Karen was in town for the Brisbane Writers Festival, she joined Sky Kirkham to talk about pyschology, animal tests, and perspective. Originally broadcast 06/11/2014. We Are All Completely Beside Ourselves is out through Allen & Unwin.

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