We Are Not Ourselves

We Are Not Ourselves

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SHORTLISTED FOR THE JAMES TAIT BLACK PRIZE LONGLISTED FOR THE GUARDIAN FIRST BOOK AWARD NOMINATED FOR THE FOLIO PRIZE NAMED A NOTABLE BOOK OF THE YEAR BY THE NEW YORK TIMES A stunning, heartbreaking debut - 'We Are Not Ourselves' is both the intimate story of a family and an epic of the American Century. Eileen Leary wants more. Raised in a downtrodden area of new York by hard-drinking, Irish immigrant parents, she dreams of another life: a better job, a bigger house, more respectable friends, a happy family. When she meets Ed Leary, a brilliant young scientist, she thinks she's found the perfect partner to pursue and share her American Dream with. An indefatigable love enters Eileen's life - but so too does a pervasive darkness and a loss that will last a lifetime.show more

Product details

  • Paperback | 640 pages
  • 130 x 197 x 43mm | 440g
  • HarperCollins Publishers
  • London, United Kingdom
  • English
  • 000754832X
  • 9780007548323
  • 102,917

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'Extraordinary ... Intensely moving ... 'We Are Not Ourselves' took 10 years to write, and justifies every one of them.' Helen Dunmore, Guardian 'Matthew Thomas's ambitious first novel presents the life of one woman from cradle to late middle-age, and the changing backdrop of New York. Terrific' The Times 'An honest, intimate family story with the power to rock you to your core ... One of the frankest novels ever written about love between a caregiver and a person with a degenerative disease ... Thomas spares nothing and still makes it clear how deeply in love these soul mates are ... [It] will reduce anyone who ever had a parent to helpless tears.' New York Times 'Unflinching and heartbreaking ... The pain leaps from the page but so too does the love ... epic in scale, subject and compassion ... If Matthew Thomas writes nothing else, 'We Are Not Ourselves' will stand as a magnificent achievement.' 5* review, Sunday Express 'The greatest Alzheimer's novel yet ... Visionary and challenging ... Marvellous.' New Yorker 'A powerfully moving book.' Chad Harbachshow more

About Matthew Thomas

Matthew Thomas 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 novel We Are Not Ourselves was shortlisted for the Flaherty-Dunnan First Novel Prize, longlisted for both the Guardian First Book Award and the Folio Prize, and named a New York Times Notable Book. He lives with his wife and twin children in New Jersey.show more

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21,362 ratings
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