We Are Not Ourselves, Hardback Book

We Are Not Ourselves Hardback


SHORTLISTED FOR THE JAMES TAIT BLACK PRIZELONGLISTED FOR THE GUARDIAN FIRST BOOK AWARDNOMINATED FOR THE FOLIO PRIZENAMED A NOTABLE BOOK OF THE YEAR BY THE NEW YORK TIMESA stunning, heartbreaking debut - `We Are Not Ourselves' is both the intimate story of a family and an epic of the American Century.The product of a stormy upbringing in an Irish Catholic enclave of New York City, Eileen craves stability.

Coming of age in the early Sixties, she meets and marries a young scientist named Edmund Leary.But while Eileen wants more for her family, Ed won't give up teaching for a better-paid job.

Inadvertently Eileen starts to climb her own career ladder in nursing.

She pushes Ed into finding a new home, but it becomes clear that his resistance is part of a deeply troubling psychological shift.In this masterful debut, Matthew Thomas paints a sprawling, profoundly sympathetic portrait of a family coping with slow-burning tragedy. `We Are Not Ourselves' is a grand testament to our deepest hopes and most human frailties.


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