Title: We Are Not Ourselves: A Novel
Publisher: Simon & Schuster
Publication Date: 2014
Book Condition: Collectible: Like New
Dust Jacket Condition: Like New
Signed: Signed by Author
Edition: First Edition.
Signed by author on title page without inscription. First Edition with full number line. In protective clear mylar cover. Bookseller Inventory # 1-3-1420
Synopsis: New York Times 100 Notable Books of 2014 * Washington Post Top 50 Fiction List for 2014 * Entertainment Weekly Ten Best Fiction Books of 2014 * Esquire 5 Most Important Books of 2014 * Publishers Weekly Best Books of 2014 * One of Janet Maslin?s Ten Favorite Books of the Year in The New York Times
The instant New York Times bestseller the Washington Post calls a ?stunning...superbly rendered? novel, and Entertainment Weekly describes as ?a gripping family saga, maybe the best...since The Corrections.?
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 how much alcohol has been consumed. From an early age, Eileen wished that she lived somewhere else. She sets her sights on upper class Bronxville, New York, and an American Dream is born.
Driven by this longing, Eileen places her stock and love in Ed Leary, a handsome young scientist, and with him begins a family. Over the years Eileen encourages her husband to want more: a better job, better friends, a better house. It slowly becomes clear that his growing reluctance is part of a deeper, more incomprehensive 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.
Described by The New York Times Book Review as ?A long, gorgeous epic, full of love and caring...one of the best novels you?ll read this year,? We Are Not Ourselves is a testament to our greatest desires and our greatest frailties. Through the lives of these characters, Thomas charts the story of the American Century. The result is, ?stunning...The joys of this book are the joys of any classic work of literature?for that is what this is destined to become?superbly rendered small moments that capture both an individual life and the universality of that person?s experience? (The Washington Post).
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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