Matthew Thomas will present his debut novel We Are Not Ourselves

EVENT OVERVIEW:  Matthew Thomas will present his extraordinary Debut Novel We Are Not Ourselves.

"An American story of the faults of our parents, the imprinted desires of moving out, moving up. This is epic in scope, but as intricate and precise in its execution as a complicated mathematical equation. Money does not buy happiness, life is what happens when you are swept up in striving to keep up with the neighbors. I cannot think of a novel in the last ten years that so perfectly speaks to the silent decline of the middle class. Yet this is a story of fierce love and redemption, with a reward for the reader in its subtle lessons. From its opening notes, it sings with the clarity of a Wagnerian opera. We will be talking about the gentle reminder in this masterful work for decades to come: WE ARE NOT OURSELVES." - Geoffrey Jennings, Rainy Day Books

ABOUT THE AUTHOR: Matthew Thomas was born in the Bronx and grew up in Queens. A graduate of the University of Chicago, he has an MA from the Writing Seminars at Johns Hopkins University and an MFA from the University of California, Irvine, where he received the Graduate Essay Award. He lives with his wife and twin children in New Jersey. We Are Not Ourselves is his first novel.

ABOUT THE NEW BOOK: 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.

PRAISE FOR THE NEW BOOK:

"We Are Not Ourselves is a powerfully moving book, and the figure of Eileen Leary--mother, wife, daughter, lover, nurse, caretaker, whiskey drinker, upwardly mobile dreamer, retrenched protector of values--is a real addition to our literature." – Chad Harbach, author of The Art of Fielding

"The mind is a mystery no less than the heart. In We Are Not Ourselves, Matthew Thomas has written a masterwork on both, as well as an anatomy of the American middle class in the 20th Century. It's all here: how we live, how we love, how we die, how we carry on. And Thomas does it with the epic sweep and small pleasures of the very best fiction. It's humbling and heartening to read a book this good." – Joshua Ferris, author of Then We Came to the End

"Okay, straight out, this novel is the truth, the whole truth, and nothing but. We Are Not Ourselves delivers the deepest, most involving and best pleasures of reading, the pleasures that have you lose your hours while curled up in a comfy couch, that have you sneaking looks and reading when you should be doing other things. A true epic in the best sense of the word, encompassing the big great gorgeous heartbreak that was our American Century. You doubt me. Please do not. Each page is suffused with a relentless and probing genius, as well as a generous and humane heart, and the result not only explodes across the darkening sky, but remains with you long after you've finished the last page and handed it to someone you love. So long as there are novels like We Are Not Ourselves, so long as there are writers like Matthew Thomas, the form of the novel is more than alive, it is thriving, palpitant." – Charles Bock, author of Beautiful Children

DATE & TIME:  Tuesday, September 23, 2014 at 7:00 PM.

LOCATION:  Rainy Day Books in The Fairway Shops, 2706 W 53rd Street, Fairway, Kansas 66205

EVENT FORMAT:  Matthew Thomas will discuss his New Book We Are Not Ourselves and answer audience questions.  A Booksigning follows the discussion.

ADMISSION PACKAGE:  $28.00 plus Kansas Salesd Tax, includes One Hardcover of We Are Not Ourselves, One Autographing Admission Reservation, and One Guest Reservation (if needed).  It’s your choice, for the same price.
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Event date: 
Tuesday, September 23, 2014 - 7:00pm
Event address: 
Rainy Day Books in The Fairway Shops
2706 W 53rd Street
66205 Fairway
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