Author Profile

Matthew Thomas

Matthew Thomas 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 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 the year by the New York Times, one of the fifty best fiction books of the year by the Washington Post, one of the ten best fiction 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.

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Reviews of We Are Not Ourselves

A long, gorgeous, epic, full of love and caring... one of the best novels you'll read this year.
-- The New York Times Book 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... a definitive portrait of American social dynamics in the 20th century. Thomas's emotional truthfulness combines with the novel's texture and scope to create an unforgettable narrative.
-- Publishers Weekly, Starred Review

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

Videos featuring Matthew Thomas

Matthew Thomas on starting We Are Not Ourselves

Matthew Thomas reflects on his father's Alzheimer's Disease