We Are All Completely Beside Ourselves - Part 1, Chapter 7 Summary & Analysis

Karen Joy Fowler
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Summary

Part 1, Chapter 7

Rose goes back to the story that she told Harlow. The story is technically true, but there are a lot of details that she leaves out, details that she has never told to anyone else before. She hints that the parts she left out largely had to do with her brother. She has gotten so used to leaving those parts out that she is, now, having a hard time remembering how to best tell the actual version of the story.

Analysis

Part 1, Chapter 7

Although she doesn’t realize it now, Rose is hiding details from herself as well. One of the reoccurring themes in the book is that Rose has reshaped the memories of her youth because she doesn't know how else to deal with the trauma of losing Fern. She either outright buried her memories, or convinced herself that different...

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