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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).

Fiction & Literature
August 19
Simon & Schuster

Customer Reviews

tmw9876 ,

We are not ourselves

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

CinnamonRich ,

Nothing Out of the Ordinary

This book was well written and I read the entire book thinking something out of the ordinary was going to happen...and was disappointed. It’s really just the story of a typical middle class family in the greater New York area. Daily life, aspirations and disappointments, family issues, etc. most people I know could write a fictional account of their life that would be funnier, more heartfelt and more exciting to read. I will say that perhaps someone not familiar with a typical American life may find it more interesting.

Bed deb 2012 ,

Worth the read!

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.
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.
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.

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