"After being raised by alcoholic Irish immigrant parents, Eileen Tumulty is driven to course a life away from her Queens New York childhood and toward a future of fulfilling the American Dream. Well educated as a nurse, she rises to the top of her profession and marries Ed Leary, envisioning that he will accept more lucrative financial opportunities beyond being just a college professor. Together Ed and Eileen welcome the birth of a son and their dream of buying a home in the suburbs becomes a reality. Yet, when their controlled life journey toward upward mobility is interrupted by an uncontrollable diagnosis, Eileen's great expectations are crushed and she must choose the ultimate truth of what will define the ourselves in the vulnerable Leary family. An ambitious multigenerational family story, written with hope and graceful insight, that will engage readers from page one!" --Jane— From Jane's Staff Recommendations
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).