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We Are Not Ourselves

 
 
Author
Matthew Thomas.
Publisher Simon & Schuster  
Format paperback
Product Dimensions 9 x 6 x 1.1 inches
ISBN 9781476756677
Pages/Publication Date 638/2014
Daedalus Item Code 73883
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(One of the New York Times Book Review's Notable Books of 2014) Born in Queens in 1941, the daughter of Irish immigrants, Eileen Tumulty grows up in an apartment where the mood swings between heartbreak and hilarity, depending on how much alcohol has been consumed. She longs for a better world, and when she meets Ed Leary, a scientist, Eileen thinks she's found a husband with whom she can build a cosmopolitan life. But her ambitions are not his, and just as the Learys enjoy a rise in their station, an inescapable darkness enters their lives. In his stunning epic debut, Matthew Thomas charts the rise and fall of the American Century, and the discovery that life is more than a tally of successes and defeats.

"In his powerful and significant debut novel, Thomas masterfully evokes one woman's life in the context of a brilliantly observed Irish working-class milieu ... a definitive portrait of American social dynamics in the 20th century. Thomas's emotional truthfulness combines with the novel's texture and scope to create an unforgettable narrative."—Publishers Weekly (starred review)

"We Are Not Ourselves is a powerfully moving book, and the figure of Eileen Leary—mother, wife, daughter, lover, nurse, caretaker, whiskey drinker, upwardly mobile dreamer, retrenched protector of values—is a real addition to our literature."—Chad Harbach

 
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