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
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