We Are Not Ourselves - Matthew Thomas

We Are Not Ourselves

  • Release Date: Aug 19th, 2014
  • Genre: Literary
  • Available File Format: PDF - ePUB - KINDLE - MOBI - AZW
  • File Size: 2.3 MB
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From 367 Ratings

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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

The instant New York Times bestseller the Washington Post calls a “stunning…superbly rendered” novel, and Entertainment Weekly describes as “a gripping family saga, maybe the best…since The Corrections.”

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.

Described by 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).

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Reviews

  • We are not ourselves

    4
    By tmw9876
    Lovely, touching story. Only complaint is that it would have been a better read if the author had used 20 percent fewer words.
  • Phenomenal book

    5
    By Sss2772
    A looooong read for the average reader. But there are some great lessons in this book that just hit closer to home and with much more lasting effect when reading as opposed to movies, etc. this book will teach you to truly value everyday with your loved ones and to always choose empathy over a hard heart
  • We Are Not Ourselves

    5
    By Perky too
    Very good story. A reviewer said "her life comes close to a definitive portrait of American social dynamics in the 20th century". I can't think of a better way to describe this book. Characters are all very believable and you will either like them and be empathetic or not. It's a good read.
  • Fantastic book bad rash

    5
    By asonden
    This book was so fantastic I developed a rash on my buttox from reading it but continued on reading anyway... Hell I might even read it again... Well worth the rash.
  • Boring...

    2
    By Longhorn5555
    The author handles prose well enough, but this is a story about nothing of interest. It is the literary equivalent of ...she woke up and went to the store... Later, she made dinner... The next day she did it again... Mind numbing boredom...
  • Incredible

    5
    By kissjill
    I loved reading this book due to the complexities of the characters and where it took place. I look forward to reading more from Mathew Thomas!
  • We are not ourselves

    5
    By Brendan878787
    This is a profound book - beautifully written Well worth it
  • Worth the read!

    4
    By Bed deb 2012
    Thank you Net Galley and Simon and Schuster for the opportunity to read this book. I received an e-galley in exchange for an honest review. Tuesday: This one was a rather long one and took me several days to get through it. I will finish my review after I have contemplated my thoughts on this novel. Thursday: I found myself not really liking some of the characters in this book. However, after reading further I did become more involved with them and truly ended up liking the story. It is REALLY long, but I feel as though it wasn't overly so. The story just took that long to tell and to help you get a real feel for the characters.
  • Great debut novel

    4
    By Destingator
    There's a lot of love in this book, and a lot of hard truth. The author captures much of the Alzheimer's family experience (my mother died of it, though later in life, and I've known an early onset victim) and uses it as a lens to focus on the eternal truths of intimate relationships. Not an easy read,but a mesmerizing one. My main criticism is that at the end, the author seems to be as exhausted as we are and a bit over anxious to get the whole thing over with. After all, part of the message is that life goes on. Looking forward to the author's next work.
  • Got lost in this story

    5
    By Peachychristy
    This was an amazing read. I fell in love with the characters and the story albeit a bit sad. I will be keeping a lookout from more from this author.