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Paperback 640 Pages / Published: 05/03/2015
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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.

Publisher: HarperCollins Publishers
ISBN: 9780007548323
Number of pages: 640
Weight: 440 g
Dimensions: 198 x 129 x 40 mm


MEDIA REVIEWS

`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 Harbach

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“A Masterpiece.”

I loved this book from beginning to end.

Paperback edition
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“Slow but worth a read”

A very lengthy book that takes you through the lifetime of Eileen Tumulty and the people surrounding her as she grows from; a child, to adolescent, to lover, to wife to mother and to carer . The storyline felt a... More

Hardback edition
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“We are not ourselves by Matthew Thomas”

We are Not Ourselves by Matthew Thomas was a book given by Waterstones for review.

The story is about an Irish-American family, and spans three generations. The main characters are Eileen, her husband Ed and son... More

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