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I occasionally read nonfiction, but reading novels is my passion. I look forward to sharing my favorite books, and discovering new favorites from others.
We Are All Completely Beside Ourselves - Karen Joy Fowler

Several months ago I watched the movie "Project Nim" about a chimpanzee that had been raised with a family as if he were human (for research purposes)--and the tragedy of where the chimp ended up after having to leave the family. This novel tells a similar story, but from the point of view of the human child who is left behind and considers the chimp to be her sister.

 

I really enjoyed this book at times - the narrator has an engaging voice and is wonderfully humorous while dealing with painful emotions.However, the ending should have broken my heart, and it really didn't do that. I didn't entirely believe in the characters and I believe that's where the flaw is.