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Summary

Rosemary doesn't talk much and about certain things she's silent. She had a sister, Fern, her whirlwind other half, who vanished from her life in circumstances she wishes she could forget. And it's been 10 years since she last saw her beloved older brother, Lowell.

Now at college, Rosemary starts to see she can't go forward without going back to the time when aged five, she was sent away from home to her grandparents and returned to find Fern gone.

It was Rosemary's parents who began all of the trouble - isn't it always? But, dear listener, exactly how they did it is a twist you'll have to discover for yourself.

©2013 Karen Joy Fowler (P)2022 Profile Books Ltd

Critic reviews

"Readably juicy and surreptitiously smart." (Barbara Kingsolver)

"Wise, provocative and wildly endearing." (Guardian)

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Simply brilliant!

What a wonderful book. So refreshing to read something completely different to the norm. Simply brilliant. The narrator was perfect too.

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Even though I could get behind the point of this book I just couldn’t get into the story. I couldn’t engage with the topic much.

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I am completely beside myself...

with admiration for this great story. Enjoyed it so much that I immediately passed the recommendation on to my son, who was also glued to it. We have talked about it more than once since then - so am grateful to Karen Joy Fowler not only for the stupendous good read but for the additional enjoyment of some engaging family discussions. We both agreed that the subject matter around which the novel revolves is completely new, not the tired old family complications that are trotted out over and over again.