We Are All Completely Beside Ourselves by Karen Fowler
Rosemary’s young, just at college, and she’s decided not to tell anyone a thing about her family. So we’re not going to tell you too much either: you’ll have to find out for yourselves what it is that makes her unhappy family unlike any other. Rosemary is now an only child, but she used to have a sister the same age as her, and an older brother. Both are now gone – vanished from her life.
There’s something unique about Rosemary’s sister, Fern. So now she’s telling her story; a looping narrative that begins towards the end, and then goes back to the beginning. Twice.
It’s funny, clever, intimate, honest, analytical and swirling with ideas that will come back to bite you. We hope you enjoy it, and if, when you’re telling a friend about it, you do decide to spill the beans about Fern, don’t feel bad. It’s pretty hard to resist.
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City of Parramatta Library’s Escape Winter Rebus Puzzle Competition has come to an end!
All winter long people had fun guessing the weekly Rebus Puzzles both online and in the Library. Over 330 entries were received.
Three lucky winners, drawn at random received one of three $50 Booktopia gift certificates.
If you had fun guessing the Rebus Puzzles and are eager to know if you guessed right, have a look at the answers.
Week 1 – Dr No
Week 2 – Castaway
Week 3 – A Town Like Alice
Week 4 – Blue Lagoon
Week 5 – Eat Pray Love
Week 6 – 50 First Dates
Week 7 – Out of Africa
Week 8 – Death in Paradise
Week 9 – The Old Man and the Sea
Week 10 – Miami Vice
Week 11 – Jaws
Week 12 – Lord of the Flies
Week 13 – Pirates of the Caribbean
Week 14 – Treasure Island
All winners have been notifed and have collected their great prizes.
Thank you to every one who entered.
Information Access Team
About the Book
Grippingly interweaves the stories of Lily, vintage fashion blogger, Joy, a 1950s New York socialite and the iconic dress she commissioned Lily Fitzpatrick loves vintage clothes – made all the more precious because they were once owned and loved by another woman.
Thousands follow her vintage fashion blog and her daily Instagram feed. But this passion for the beautiful clothes of the past is about to have unforeseen consequences, when Lily stumbles upon the story of a 1950s New York beauty, who was not only everything Lily longs to be, but also shares Lily’s surname. Joy Fitzpatrick was a legend. But what was the famous dress which she once commissioned – said to be so original that nothing in couture would ever match it again? What happened to it – and why did Joy suddenly disappear from New York high society? Kate Kerrigan’s enthralling novel interweaves the dramatic story of Joy, the beautiful but tortured socialite and that of Lily – determined to uncover the truth and, if possible, bring back to life the legendary dress itself.
A great, easy holiday read! A believable plot; with characters that were well developed, engaging you from the first chapter. The story flicks between New York in the 1950s, centring on Joy and Honor and modern day London with fashion blogger, Lily, with ease. Most of our group felt that while Lily’s journey was well written, we were turning her pages quicker to get back to what was happening in New York. While we all loved the storyline and the way it finished, we also felt that the last chapter left us feeling a little flat, feeling it could have ended one chapter earlier.
Recommend for anyone who loves a bit romance, fashion and New York in the 50s. The book also reminded us a little of Cecilia Ahern’s books.
Rating 7 1/2 out of 10
Read by Cultcha Club Book Group