I first heard of We Are All Completely Beside Ourselves when io9 called it a “masterpiece.” But since io9 will call almost anything a masterpiece, I ignored it. Ron Charles’s recent review is a much more sober assessment. Though he heaps praise on the novel, he also lays out how its plot (“Plot is not the novel’s strongest suit”) comes down to two twists: one, that the narrator grew up with a chimpanzee for a “sister,” and two, that this went horribly wrong when the narrator was 5. Charles especially like Fowler’s voice and ability to weave in profound insights, but he makes it clear that the book is far from a masterpiece.
I missed 20-under-40 author Philipp Meyer’s new novel in my latest Book Radar, so luckily I stumbled across this review of it. It sounds a little too melodramatic for my taste, but he’s definitely a talent to watch.