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Karen Joy Fowler Books In Order

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Publication Order of Standalone Novels

Sarah Canary (1991)Description / Buy at Amazon
The War of the Roses (1991)Description / Buy at Amazon
The Sweetheart Season (1996)Description / Buy at Amazon
Sister Noon (2001)Description / Buy at Amazon
The Jane Austen Book Club (2004)Description / Buy at Amazon
Wit's End / The Case of the Imaginary Detective (2008)Description / Buy at Amazon
We Are All Completely Beside Ourselves (2013)Description / Buy at Amazon
Booth (2022)Description / Buy at Amazon

Publication Order of Short Stories/Novellas

The Faithful Companion at Forty (in Asimov's) (1987)Description / Buy at Amazon
Standing Room Only (in Asimov's) (1997)Description / Buy at Amazon
The Pelican Bar (in What I Didn't See) (2009)Description / Buy at Amazon
Booth's Ghost (2010)Description / Buy at Amazon
Younger Women (2011)Description / Buy at Amazon

Publication Order of Collections

Artificial Things (1986)Description / Buy at Amazon
Black Glass (1998)Description / Buy at Amazon
What I Didn't See (2002)Description / Buy at Amazon

Publication Order of Non-Fiction Books

The Science of Herself (With: Eleanor Arnason) (2013)Description / Buy at Amazon

Publication Order of Author's Choice Monthly Books

The Old Funny Stuff (By: George Alec Effinger) (1989)Description / Buy at Amazon
Daily Voices (By: Lisa Goldstein) (1989)Description / Buy at Amazon
Heroines (By: James Patrick Kelly) (1990)Description / Buy at Amazon
Legacy of Fire (By: Nina Kiriki Hoffman) (1990)Description / Buy at Amazon
Peripheral Vision (1990)Description / Buy at Amazon
Swatting at the Cosmos (By: James K. Morrow) (1990)Description / Buy at Amazon
Neon Twilight (By: Edward Bryant) (1990)Description / Buy at Amazon
Tales from a Vanished Country (By: Elizabeth Lynn) (1990)Description / Buy at Amazon
True Minds (By: Spider Robinson) (1990)Description / Buy at Amazon
Hedgework & Guessery (By: Charles de Lint) (1991)Description / Buy at Amazon
Stories by Mama Lansdales Youngest Boy (By: Joe R. Lansdale) (1991)Description / Buy at Amazon
Unthreatened by the Morning Light (By: Karl Edward Wagner) (1991)Description / Buy at Amazon
Nine Hard Questions About the Nature of the Universe (By: Lewis Shiner) (1991)Description / Buy at Amazon
It's Been Fun (By: Esther M. Friesner) (1991)Description / Buy at Amazon
Wong's Lost and Found Emporium and Other Oddities (By: William Wu) (1992)Description / Buy at Amazon

Publication Order of The James Tiptree Award Anthology Books

with Joe Haldeman, Jeffrey D. Smith, Matt Ruff
The James Tiptree Award Anthology 1 (By: Matt Ruff) (2004)Description / Buy at Amazon
The James Tiptree Award Anthology 2 (By: Joe Haldeman) (2005)Description / Buy at Amazon
The James Tiptree Award Anthology 3 (By: Jeffrey D. Smith) (2007)Description / Buy at Amazon
The James Tiptree Award Anthology 4 (By: Jeffrey D. Smith) (2008)Description / Buy at Amazon
Anthology series.

Publication Order of Outspoken Authors Books

The Human Front (By: Ken MacLeod) (2001)Description / Buy at Amazon
The Left Left Behind (By: Terry Bisson,Eleanor Arnason) (2009)Description / Buy at Amazon
Lucky Strike (By: Kim Stanley Robinson) (2009)Description / Buy at Amazon
The Underbelly (By: Gary Phillips,Eleanor Arnason) (2010)Description / Buy at Amazon
Mammoths of the Great Plains (By: Eleanor Arnason) (2010)Description / Buy at Amazon
The Wild Girls (By: Ursula K. Le Guin,Eleanor Arnason) (2011)Description / Buy at Amazon
Modem Times 2.0 (By: Michael Moorcock,Eleanor Arnason) (2011)Description / Buy at Amazon
The Great Big Beautiful Tomorrow (By: Cory Doctorow,Eleanor Arnason) (2011)Description / Buy at Amazon
Report from Planet Midnight (By: Nalo Hopkinson,Eleanor Arnason) (2012)Description / Buy at Amazon
The Science of Herself (With: Eleanor Arnason) (2013)Description / Buy at Amazon
Patty Hearst & The Twinkie Murders: A Tale of Two Trials (By: Eleanor Arnason,Paul Krassner) (2013)Description / Buy at Amazon
New Taboos (By: John Shirley) (2013)Description / Buy at Amazon
Raising Hell (By: Norman Spinrad,Eleanor Arnason) (2014)Description / Buy at Amazon
My Life, My Body (By: Marge Piercy) (2015)Description / Buy at Amazon
Gypsy (By: Carter Scholz,Eleanor Arnason) (2015)Description / Buy at Amazon
Miracles Ain't What They Used to Be (By: Joe R. Lansdale,Eleanor Arnason) (2016)Description / Buy at Amazon
Fire. (By: Elizabeth Hand,Eleanor Arnason) (2017)Description / Buy at Amazon
Totalitopia (By: John Crowley) (2017)Description / Buy at Amazon
The Atheist in the Attic (By: Samuel R. Delany,Eleanor Arnason) (2018)Description / Buy at Amazon
Thoreau's Microscope (By: Michael Blumlein,Eleanor Arnason) (2018)Description / Buy at Amazon
The Beatrix Gates (By: Rachel Pollack) (2019)Description / Buy at Amazon
A City Made of Words (By: Paul Park) (2019)Description / Buy at Amazon

Publication Order of Anthologies

The Year's Best Fantasy and Horror Fourth Annual Collection(1991)Description / Buy at Amazon
Fourth Annual Collection(1991)Description / Buy at Amazon
Black Swan, White Raven(1997)Description / Buy at Amazon
Asimov's Science Fiction Magazine, August 1997(1997)Description / Buy at Amazon
Eleventh Annual Collection(1998)Description / Buy at Amazon
Vanishing Acts(2000)Description / Buy at Amazon
The Vintage Book of Amnesia(2000)Description / Buy at Amazon
Year's Best Fantasy and Horror: Sixteenth Annual Collection(2003)Description / Buy at Amazon
Year's Best Fantasy and Horror: Seventeenth Annual Collection(2004)Description / Buy at Amazon
Feeling Very Strange(2006)Description / Buy at Amazon
Science Fiction: The Best of the Year, 2008 Edition(2008)Description / Buy at Amazon
Fantasy: The Best of the Year, 2008 Edition(2008)Description / Buy at Amazon
Year's Best SF 13(2008)Description / Buy at Amazon
Twenty-First Annual Collection(2008)Description / Buy at Amazon
The Secret History of Science Fiction(2009)Description / Buy at Amazon
My Mother She Killed Me, My Father He Ate Me(2010)Description / Buy at Amazon
Crucified Dreams(2011)Description / Buy at Amazon
Happily Ever After(2011)Description / Buy at Amazon
The Year's Best Science Fiction & Fantasy, 2012(2012)Description / Buy at Amazon
Ghosts: Recent Hauntings(2012)Description / Buy at Amazon
Field of Fantasies(2014)Description / Buy at Amazon
The Mammoth Book of SF Stories by Women(2014)Description / Buy at Amazon
The Year's Best Science Fiction & Fantasy 2018(2018)Description / Buy at Amazon
Spirits Unwrapped(2019)Description / Buy at Amazon

Karen Joy Fowler

Karen Joy Fowler is a science fiction author and a New York Times best-selling author. One of her best works, We Are All Completely Beside Ourselves, was a Booker Prize finalist. Sony Pictures adapted the Jane Austen Book Club as a major motion picture after spending over three months in the bestseller list. Fowler’s novel Sister Noon was among the finalists for the Faulkner Award in 2001. This talented author draws in her readers with her captivating writing style and clever plots. Having grown around books, her love for the written word started early and continues to grow with time. Fowler, a mother to grown children, lives in California with her husband.

We Are All Completely Beside Ourselves

We Are All Completely Beside Ourselves introduces the Cooke family. This story, narrated by Rosemary, the youngest member of the family, exposes how the family copes after an event that changes their lives. Rosemary grew up surrounded by love, attention, and chaos. She was incredibly close to her sister Fern and their elder brother, Lowell. From the time she learned to talk, Rosemary was the household’s Chatty-Cathy. However, something happens, and she just stops talking. Her two siblings disappear from her life, leaving her all alone. As if this is not enough, her lovely mother turns into a shell, and their imperious father becomes a stranger to them all. What suddenly destroyed this family?

From the day Rosemary stopped talking, she put high walls all around her and never let anyone in. At twenty-two, no one really knows Rosemary, and if she was, to be honest with herself, she doesn’t know who she is either. Her family rarely talks about the past, and Rosemary cannot recall what happened around the time that her siblings disappeared. Now in University, Rosemary is just about to uncover what really happened. The author jumps back and forth to different timelines of Rosemary’s life. We get to experience the chatty, curious child who cannot stop talking and the quiet adult who struggles to make friends.
While this story will pull at your heartstrings, Rosemary’s sarcasm will leave you laughing out loud. The protagonist is well developed, making it easy to identify with her. Her talkativeness as a child and her reserved behavior as an adult is all so easy to understand. The author’s writing style is outstanding, and the storyline is sure to blow you away. Aside from Rosemary, you also get to meet other unique characters who will stay in your mind. Rosemary narrates this story in such an emotionally raw way. Details about her unusual past slowly come to the surface, and the circumstances that led to her sibling’s disappearance drive the narrative to the last page.

We Are All Completely Beside Ourselves is a funny, sophisticated, and psychologically thrilling read. It is also an entertaining coming of age story. The science, literary, and psychology references add a lot to the story, not to mention Rosemary’s funny voice. Set in Indiana and California, this captivating story takes you deep into a family made up of flawed individuals. It is sad to see how the characters’ lives change overnight. However, in her own way, Rosemary still finds something to laugh about through the chaos. If you are searching for an engaging story with a great protagonist, outstanding storyline, and flawless narration, this book is a wonderful choice.

The Jane Austen Book Club

The Jane Austen Book Club introduces six characters who come together to discuss Jane Austen’s work. This group frequently meets over six months, and within this period, affairs begin, marriages are shaken, and love happens. The five women and one man in this group are obviously unfiled, and it is fun watching how their lives evolve over six months. There is the woman who has just left her husband with her lesbian daughter. A never-married dog breeder, an unhappily married French teacher, and the woman who has been married six times. While these people have different backgrounds, they all share a love for Jane Austen’s books. So, will this group stay together to discuss all of Austen’s novels?

In this book, Karen Joy Fowler takes a deep look at modern relationships, highlighting them deliciously. Austen echoes in every chapter of this book, and it is interesting how the characters’ lives are similar to those of the cast in her novels. The discussions are interesting, and you cannot help but wonder why some of these characters will not make better choices, especially when it comes to love. Through their interactions, the characters’ strengths and weaknesses come to the surface. We start with Prudie, who is unhappy in her marriage and super annoying. Next is Jocelyn, who is sensible but too focused on other people’s happiness. Allegra is the fun girl and the life of the party, while Bernadette considers herself a queen. Grigg, the only male in the group, is likable despite his odd taste in women.

This book comes with six chapters. Each chapter focuses on one of Jane Austen’s novels and one club member whose life is similar to the protagonist in the story. This makes it easier to follow the different characters’ lives. At the end is a synopsis of all Austen’s novels, making this a perfect book for Austen fans. It is clever how the author weaves the six members’ lives in this club with Jane Austen’s key characters. There is no doubt that the author is a talented wordsmith, and her narration will have you hooked from the first chapter.

The Jane Austen Book Club is a great social comedy read. It comes with a clever premise and six characters who will keep you engaged to the last page. It is fun following the discussions and seeing how the characters interpret different things in Austen’s books. If you are a Jane Austen fan, you will enjoy pairing these characters with the cast in Fowler’s book. The comprehensive notes at the back of the book are great for readers who have not interacted with Austen’s work before.

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