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We Are Not Ourselves - A Novel

Matthew Thomas

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Genres:

Fiction

Description:

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.

Language:

English

Narrators:

Mare Winningham

Length:

20h 52m


Chapters

Free Sample

05:00

Chapter 1
Chapter 1

00:49


Chapter 2
Chapter 2

23:34


Chapter 3
Chapter 3

11:43


Chapter 4
Chapter 4

25:02


Chapter 5
Chapter 5

18:56


Chapter 6
Chapter 6

18:02


Chapter 7
Chapter 7

05:00


Chapter 8
Chapter 8

13:34


Chapter 9
Chapter 9

15:06


Chapter 10
Chapter 10

21:08


Chapter 11
Chapter 11

12:27


Chapter 12
Chapter 12

20:10


Chapter 13
Chapter 13

14:00


Chapter 14
Chapter 14

11:55


Chapter 15
Chapter 15

35:46


Chapter 16
Chapter 16

25:11


Chapter 17
Chapter 17

07:40


Chapter 18
Chapter 18

17:39


Chapter 19
Chapter 19

53:16


Chapter 20
Chapter 20

15:01


Chapter 21
Chapter 21

02:40


Chapter 22
Chapter 22

09:51


Chapter 23
Chapter 23

31:21


Chapter 24
Chapter 24

15:42


Chapter 25
Chapter 25

08:12


Chapter 26
Chapter 26

56:42


Chapter 27
Chapter 27

09:37


Chapter 28
Chapter 28

05:08


Chapter 29
Chapter 29

16:37


Chapter 30
Chapter 30

08:52


Chapter 31
Chapter 31

13:03


Chapter 32
Chapter 32

02:17


Chapter 33
Chapter 33

19:11


Chapter 34
Chapter 34

03:28


Chapter 35
Chapter 35

14:39


Chapter 36
Chapter 36

24:35


Chapter 37
Chapter 37

02:56


Chapter 38
Chapter 38

09:03


Chapter 39
Chapter 39

03:34


Chapter 40
Chapter 40

10:08


Chapter 41
Chapter 41

10:12


Chapter 42
Chapter 42

05:38


Chapter 43
Chapter 43

08:53


Chapter 44
Chapter 44

03:39


Chapter 45
Chapter 45

13:05


Chapter 46
Chapter 46

05:25


Chapter 47
Chapter 47

03:22


Chapter 48
Chapter 48

03:40


Chapter 49
Chapter 49

22:40


Chapter 50
Chapter 50

14:00


Chapter 51
Chapter 51

06:35


Chapter 52
Chapter 52

07:42


Chapter 53
Chapter 53

04:02


Chapter 54
Chapter 54

05:42


Chapter 55
Chapter 55

07:31


Chapter 56
Chapter 56

09:04


Chapter 57
Chapter 57

06:10


Chapter 58
Chapter 58

12:05


Chapter 59
Chapter 59

11:51


Chapter 60
Chapter 60

11:50


Chapter 61
Chapter 61

03:53


Chapter 62
Chapter 62

12:01


Chapter 63
Chapter 63

02:23


Chapter 64
Chapter 64

05:31


Chapter 65
Chapter 65

07:49


Chapter 66
Chapter 66

01:33


Chapter 67
Chapter 67

12:40


Chapter 68
Chapter 68

04:51


Chapter 69
Chapter 69

17:27


Chapter 70
Chapter 70

05:04


Chapter 71
Chapter 71

09:30


Chapter 72
Chapter 72

01:58


Chapter 73
Chapter 73

05:06


Chapter 74
Chapter 74

04:50


Chapter 75
Chapter 75

47:34


Chapter 76
Chapter 76

10:26


Chapter 77
Chapter 77

07:02


Chapter 78
Chapter 78

04:49


Chapter 79
Chapter 79

02:25


Chapter 80
Chapter 80

01:46


Chapter 81
Chapter 81

06:23


Chapter 82
Chapter 82

04:23


Chapter 83
Chapter 83

03:54


Chapter 84
Chapter 84

02:23


Chapter 85
Chapter 85

13:57


Chapter 86
Chapter 86

25:09


Chapter 87
Chapter 87

25:55


Chapter 88
Chapter 88

14:18


Chapter 89
Chapter 89

22:17


Chapter 90
Chapter 90

10:20


Chapter 91
Chapter 91

09:02


Chapter 92
Chapter 92

06:10


Chapter 93
Chapter 93

02:29


Chapter 94
Chapter 94

19:20


Chapter 95
Chapter 95

15:42


Chapter 96
Chapter 96

19:32


Chapter 97
Chapter 97

02:04


Chapter 98
Chapter 98

12:47


Chapter 99
Chapter 99

07:09


Chapter 100
Chapter 100

05:05


Chapter 101
Chapter 101

05:47


Chapter 102
Chapter 102

22:11


Chapter 103
Chapter 103

19:35


Chapter 104
Chapter 104

00:58