We Are Not Ourselves Pdf Summary
Epic in scope, heroic in character, and masterful in prose, We Are Not Ourselves is a multigenerational portrait of the Irish American Leary family.
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.
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About Matthew Thomas Author of We Are Not Ourselves Pdf Book
Matthew Thomas Author of We Are Not Ourselves Pdf Book was born and raised in New York City. 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 Center for Fiction First Novel Prize, the James Tait Black Prize, and the John Gardner Fiction Book Award, longlisted for the International Dublin Literary Award, the Guardian First Book Award, and the Folio Prize, named a New York Times Notable Book, and named one of the best fiction books of 2014 by the Washington Post, Entertainment Weekly, Esquire, Publishers Weekly, Barnes & Noble, Amazon, Apple, and others.
We Are Not Ourselves pdf, Paperback, Hardcover Book Information
- Publisher : Simon & Schuster; First Edition first Printing (August 19, 2014)
- Language : English
- Hardcover : 640 pages
- ISBN-10 : 147675666X
- ISBN-13 : 978-1476756660
- Item Weight : 2.14 pounds
- Dimensions : 6.5 x 1.25 x 9.5 inches
- Best Sellers Rank: #926,464 in Books (See Top 100 in Books)
- #12,176 in Contemporary Literature & Fiction
- #17,106 in Family Life Fiction (Books)
- #44,981 in Literary Fiction (Books)
- Customer Reviews: 4.1 out of 5 stars 3,075 ratings
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