From the New York Times–bestselling author of The Jane Austen Book Club, the story of an American
family, middle class in middle America, ordinary in every way but one. But that
exception is the beating heart of this extraordinary novel.
Meet the Cooke family: Mother and Dad,
brother Lowell, sister Fern, and our narrator, Rosemary, who begins her story
in the middle. She has her reasons. “I spent the first eighteen years of my
life defined by this one fact: that I was raised with a chimpanzee,” she tells
us. “It’s never going to be the first thing I share with someone. I tell you
Fern was a chimp and already you aren’t thinking of her as my sister. But until
Fern’s expulsion, I’d scarcely known a moment alone. She was my twin, my
funhouse mirror, my whirlwind other half, and I loved her as a sister.”
Rosemary was not yet six when
Fern was removed. Over the years, she’s managed to block a lot of memories.
She’s smart, vulnerable, innocent, and culpable. With some guile, she guides us
through the darkness, penetrating secrets and unearthing memories, leading us
deeper into the mystery she has dangled before us from the start. Stripping off
the protective masks that have hidden truths too painful to acknowledge, in the
end, “Rosemary” truly is for remembrance. Download and start listening now!