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Matthew Thomas has a BA from the University of Chicago, an MA from the Writing Seminars at Johns Hopkins University, and an MFA from the University of California, Irvine. His New York Times-bestselling debut novel We Are Not Ourselves was shortlisted for the Flaherty-Dunnan First Novel Prize and longlisted for both the Guardian First Book Award and the Folio Prize. It was named a Notable Book of 2014 by the New York Times, as well as one of the top fifty best fiction books of the year by the Washington Post, one of the ten best books of the year by Entertainment Weekly, one of the five most important books of the year by Esquire, and one of Janet Maslin’s ten favorite books of the year in the New York Times.
"This epic and emotionally draining novel is centered on the life of Eileen Tumulty who lives in Queens, NY, in the mid-20th century... VERDICT The debut author has created a memorable character in Eileen, who is both intelligent and clueless, focusing on her ideals and fantasies and attempting vainly to make reality conform to her aspirations. The depiction of Ed's illness is realistic, powerful, artistically delivered, and occasionally humorous, and readers will be drawn in."
—Library Journal, ***Starred Review***
"In his powerful and significant debut novel, Thomas masterfully evokes one woman's life in the context of a brilliantly observed Irish working-class milieu...Thomas's emotional truthfulness combines with the novel's texture and scope to create an unforgettable narrative."
"...Written in calm, polished prose, following one family as its members journey through the decades in an American landscape that is itself in flux, it’s a long, gorgeous epic, full of love and life and caring. It’s even funny, in places — and it’s one of the best novels you’ll read this year."
—Sunday Book Review, New York Times, September 5, 2014 by Maggie Scarf