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We Are Not Ourselves
By Matthew Thomas and Mare Winningham (narrator)
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Bibliographic Detail
Publisher Simon & Schuster
Publication date August 19, 2014
Binding CD/Spoken Word
Edition Unabridged
Book category Adult Fiction
ISBN-13 9781442369986
ISBN-10 1442369981
Dimensions 1.75 by 5 by 6 in.
Weight 1.14 lbs.
Original list price $49.99
Other format details audio
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Summaries and Reviews
Amazon.com description: Product 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.

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Hardcover
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Large print edition from Thorndike Pr (January 7, 2015)
9781410475480 | details & prices | 843 pages | 6.25 × 9.25 × 1.50 in. | 2.25 lbs | List price $31.99
About: The product of a stormy upbringing in an Irish Catholic enclave of New York City, Eileen craves stability.
from Simon & Schuster (August 19, 2014)
9781476756660 | details & prices | 620 pages | 6.50 × 9.50 × 1.25 in. | 2.16 lbs | List price $28.00
About: 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.
Paperback
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Large print edition from Large Print Pr (June 9, 2015)
9781594138911 | details & prices | 841 pages | 6.00 × 9.00 × 1.25 in. | 2.06 lbs | List price $16.00
About: The product of a stormy upbringing in an Irish Catholic enclave of New York City, Eileen craves stability.
Reprint edition from Simon & Schuster (June 2, 2015)
9781476756677 | details & prices | 620 pages | 6.25 × 9.50 × 1.00 in. | 1.45 lbs | List price $16.00
About: 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.
CD/Spoken Word
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The price comparison is for this edition
With Mare Winningham (other contributor) | Unabridged edition from Simon & Schuster (August 19, 2014)
9781442369986 | details & prices | 5.00 × 6.00 × 1.75 in. | 1.14 lbs | List price $49.99
About: 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.
Library
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With Donald Charles | from Childrens Pr (February 1, 1988); titled "Mira Las Formas Con Gato Galano/Calico Cat Looks Around"
9780516334363 | details & prices | 8.25 × 9.75 × 0.50 in. | 0.80 lbs | List price $16.30
This edition also contains Mira Las Formas Con Gato Galano/Calico Cat Looks Around
Prebinding
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from Turtleback Books (June 2, 2015)
9780606370950 | details & prices | List price $28.20
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