June 2013 Indie Next List
“Rosemary is not yet six when her sister, Fern, is removed to a center for research. Fern and Rosemary were inseparable, and her family falls apart after the removal: Lowell, her brother, disappears when he discovers where Fern was sent; their father becomes a distant, brooding man; and their mother is a shell of her former self. Why a research facility? Because Fern is a chimpanzee. In this extraordinary novel written by a gifted author, Fowler opens our eyes to the inhumane treatment of animals by humans and helps us to identify what it truly means to be human.”
— Karen Briggs, Great Northern Books and Hobbies, Oscoda, MI
About the Author
Karen Joy Fowler, one of the most accomplished and most adroit fiction writers in America (Los Angeles Review of Books), lives in Santa Cruz, California. She is the author of six novels and three story collections, which range from contemporary and historical to literary and science fiction. Her short stories have won Nebula and World Fantasy awards, and in 2014, We Are All Completely Beside Ourselves, hailed by Khaled Hosseini as a gripping, bighearted book, won the PEN/Faulkner Award and the California Book Award and was a finalist for England s Man Booker Prize in the first year it was opened to Americans.
Orlagh Cassidy is the winner of the 2009 Best Voice in Children & Family Listening and the 2008 and 2011 Best Voice in Mystery & Suspense. She s narrated for Jacqueline Winspear, James Patterson, Erica Spindler, Beth Harbison, and Frank Herbert, among others.
Cassidy s Broadway credits include "Present Laughter with Frank Langella, Our Country's Good, " and "Suddenly Last Summer". She has appeared Off-Broadway in "Bright Ideas" and "The Field" at The Irish Rep (Drama Desk Nomination). She was "Doris Wolfe" on "The Guiding Light" and her other television appearances include "Sex and the City, Law & Order, Law and Order SVU, "and" Elementary". She also appeared in the films "Purple Violets, Young Adult, " and "Definitely, Maybe".