by Karen Joy Fowler

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Rosemary looks back on her life, her family, her memories, her secrets--and how they all led her to where she is today in Fowler's beautifully written, sometimes disturbing, always thought-provoking, and often humorous novel. The big detail about Rosemary is that she lost her "twin" sister when she was five. Her time with Fern, and Fern's inexplicable loss, affect her for the rest of her life. Fern, a chimpanzee, is not someone Rosemary talks about as an adult, not wanting the "monkey girl" moniker from her youth to be resurrected. Her own repression and alteration of memories make up the bulk of this story--how Fern's presence in her early life influenced her relationships, choices, the whole way she saw and interacted with the world. Wonderful audio performance by Orlagh Cassidy, I only wished I'd had the print book in my hands sometimes so I could go back and read some of the perfectly worded sentences over again. Winner of the 2014 PEN/Faulkner Award for fiction. Older teens will appreciate Rosemary's coming of age story and her complicated sibling relationships with Fern and her (human) brother Lowell.

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