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We Are Not Ourselves Picked as Part of the Today Show's Holiday Reading Roundup!

Matthew Thomas's debut novel makes the Today Show's list, in an episode that will air on Wednesday 12/17!

Dec 11, 2014

The novel has received numerous mentions in best-of-year round-ups, including:

Amazon.com, in the Best Fiction Category and Best Overall (#32)
• Esquire, Our Favorite Books of the Year “A very big American story about a very small American family.”
• Entertainment Weekly, Ten Best Fiction Books of 2014 “It’s a wrenching meditation on the limits of the American dream for immigrants and the working class during the 20th century. But it’s also just a gripping family drama. Be prepared to ugly-cry at the end.”
• The New York Times Book Review, 100 Notable Books of 2014 “Gorgeous family epic.”
• Washington Post, Top 50 Fiction List
• The Millions, Phil Klay’s Year In Reading “Matthew Thomas’s We Are Not Ourselves is just a stunning, stunning book. A huge, ambitious story that spans three generations, unflinchingly explores the deterioration of one character’s mind, and has a main character who goes to my high school (Regis, to which Thomas also went, though we did not overlap). Possibly the most emotionally engaged I’ve been with any book this year.”
• Publishers Weekly, Best Books of 2014 “The life portrayed by Thomas is not spectacular, and that’s what makes it so memorable.”
• Barnes & Noble, This Season’s Best Fiction/Gift Guide “This is a love letter to caretakers and to mothers, to immigrants and to people who still, against all odds, labor for their piece of the American dream.”
• Bustle.com, Best Books of 2014 “We Are Not Ourselves is as intimate as I’ll Give You The Sun is sweeping. Matthew Thomas’ family saga may span decades, but its laser-sharp focus captures the everyday intricacies of an Irish-American family’s life in devastating detail. This is a sad, brave book that lingers, often uncomfortably but always brilliantly, on what shames and scares us the most.”
• PopSugar.com, 2014 Must Reads – the 100+ Best Books of the Year
• CBS Local, Gift Guide “The promise and tragedy of post-war America is charted in this riveting portrait of an Irish-American family as they chase the American Dream. Like The Art of Fielding, it heralds the arrival of a major new talent in contemporary fiction. At once expansive and exquisitely detailed, what readers will remember most is the huge heart at its core. We Are Not Ourselves is destined to be an American classic.”
• Auburn Citizen, Most Compelling Reads
• Economist Prospero Blog feature ran the week of Thanksgiving.