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We Are Not Ourselves: A Novel

Thomas, Matthew

Published by Simon & Schuster, 2014
ISBN 10: 147675666X / ISBN 13: 9781476756660
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Title: We Are Not Ourselves: A Novel

Publisher: Simon & Schuster

Publication Date: 2014

Binding: Hardcover

Book Condition: Collectible: Like New

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Edition: First Edition.


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Synopsis: Destined to be a classic, this ?powerfully moving? (Chad Harbach, The Art of Fielding), multigenerational debut novel of an Irish-American family is nothing short of a ?masterwork? (Joshua Ferris, Then We Came to the End).

Born in 1941, Eileen Tumulty is raised by her Irish immigrant parents in Woodside, Queens, in an apartment where the mood swings between heartbreak and hilarity, depending on whether guests are over and how much alcohol has been consumed.

When Eileen meets Ed Leary, a scientist whose bearing is nothing like those of the men she grew up with, she thinks she?s found the perfect partner to deliver her to the cosmopolitan world she longs to inhabit. They marry, and Eileen quickly discovers Ed doesn?t aspire to the same, ever bigger, stakes in the American Dream.

Eileen encourages her husband to want more: a better job, better friends, a better house, but as years pass it becomes clear that his growing reluctance is part of a deeper psychological shift. An inescapable darkness enters their lives, and Eileen and Ed and their son Connell try desperately to hold together a semblance of the reality they have known, and to preserve, against long odds, an idea they have cherished of the future.

Through the Learys, novelist Matthew Thomas charts the story of the American Century, particularly the promise of domestic bliss and economic prosperity that captured hearts and minds after WWII. The result is a riveting and affecting work of art; one that reminds us that life is more than a tally of victories and defeats, that we live to love and be loved, and that we should tell each other so before the moment slips away.

Epic in scope, heroic in character, masterful in prose, We Are Not Ourselves heralds the arrival of a major new talent in contemporary fiction.


An Amazon Best Book of the Month, August 2014: Ten years in the making, Matthew Thomas?s heartfelt debut launches with the gritty poetry of a Pete Hamill novel: brash Irishmen on barstools, Irish women both wise and strong, and the streets of New York splayed out like a song. What?s special about this book is how Thomas takes us, slowly and somewhat unexpectedly, deep inside a family battling the gray-toned middling place of their middle-class existence. At the core is Eileen Tumulty Leary, urging her complacent husband and their impressionable son forward. Along the way, lives come and go. (?Fair enough,? her mother said, and in a little while she was dead.) There are some gorgeous scenes, some taut lines (I liked the air-conditioning unit?s ?indefatigable wind?), and some heartbreakers (a mother tells her son, at the funeral home, ?That?s probably enough?). It?s thrilling to see an emerging writer test and flex his voice. Eileen and her husband are ?coconspirators in a mission of normalcy?; in truth, there?s occasionally too much normalcy in these 600 pages. Then again, it?s oddly addictive to watch this family unfold, age, and devolve. Intimate, honest, and true, it?s the story of a doomed father and a flawed son and the indefatigable and loving woman who keeps them all together, even as they?re falling apart. --Neal Thompson

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