We Are Not Ourselves
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
New York Times bestseller
Washington Post calls a “stunning…superbly rendered” novel, and
Entertainment Weekly describes as “a gripping family saga, maybe the best…since
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.
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).
Matthew Thomas was born in the Bronx and grew up in Queens. A graduate of the University of Chicago, he has an MA from the Writing Seminars at Johns Hopkins University and an MFA from the University of California, Irvine. His
New York Times-bestselling novel
We Are Not Ourselves has been shortlisted for the Flaherty-Dunnan First Novel Prize from the Center for Fiction and longlisted for the Guardian First Book Award. He lives with his wife and twin children in New Jersey.
Mare Winningham has appeared in more than fifty film and television projects, garnering an Academy Award nomination for
Georgia and Emmy Awards for the telefilms
George Wallace and
Amber Waves. She is also an accomplished singer-songwriter.