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We are not ourselves

by Thomas, Matthew, 1975-

Format: Book on CD 2014
Availability: Available at 5 Libraries 5 of 6 copies
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CLP - Main Library First Floor - Open Stacks CD Thomas
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Community Library of Castle Shannon Audio Books (Cassettes and CD's) BOOK-ON-DISC Fic Thomas (18)
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Mt. Lebanon Public Library Audio Books CD THOMAS Matthew
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Northland Public Library Audio Books FIC THOMAS (COMPACT DISC)
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Summary
Destined to be a classic, this "powerfully moving" (Chad Harbach, The Art of Fielding) , multigenerational debut novel of an Irish-American family is nothing short of a "masterwork." (Joshua Ferris, Then We Came to the End ).

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.
Published Reviews
Publisher's Weekly Review: "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. Eileen Tumulty was born in the early '40s, the only child and dutiful caretaker of alcoholic parents. As a young woman, she hopes to leave her family's dingy apartment in Woodside, Queens, and move up the social ladder. Eileen falls in love with and marries Ed Leary, a quiet neuroscientist whom she sees as the means to an upper-middle-class future. But Ed is dedicated to pure scientific research, and he turns down lucrative job offers from pharmaceutical companies and academic institutions. The couple's apartment in Jackson Heights is a step up from Eileen's parents' apartment, but she wants a home in tony Westchester County. Later, Eileen pursues an arduous career as a nursing administrator to secure a future for their son, Connell. But once she gets her gracious but dilapidated fixer-upper in Bronxville, in southern Westchester, Ed is diagnosed with early-onset Alzheimer's, and the family slowly endures "the encroaching of a fathomless darkness." Thomas works on a large canvas to create a memorable depiction of Eileen's vibrant spirit, the intimacy of her love for Ed, and the desperate stoicism she exhibits as reality narrows her dreams. Her life, observed over a span of six decades, comes close to 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. (Sept.) (c) Copyright PWxyz, LLC. All rights reserved."
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Additional Information
Subjects Irish Americans -- History -- 20th century -- Fiction.
Ireland -- Emigration and immigration -- History -- Fiction.
Queens (New York, N.Y.) -- History -- 20th century -- Fiction.
Historical fiction.
Domestic fiction.
Audiobooks.
Publisher New York :Simon & Schuster Audio,2014
Edition Unabridged.
Contributors Winningham, Mare, narrator.
Simon & Schuster Audio (Firm), publisher.
Participants/Performers Read by Mare Winningham.
Language English
Notes Unabridged.
Compact disc.
Description 18 audio discs (approximately 21 hr.) : digital ; 4 3/4 in.
ISBN 9781442369986
1442369981
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