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We Are Not Ourselves: A Novel



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Author
Thomas, Matthew
Descriptors
Alzheimer's Disease
Ambition
Family History
Family Relationships
Fathers and Sons
Irish Americans
Irish Catholics
Women
Location/Setting:
New York (City)
Time Period:
1920s
1930s
1940s
1950s
1960s
1970s
1980s
1990s
2000s
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Summary
The story of three generations of an Irish American family told through the eyes of Eileen Tumulty, a smart, ambitious woman who longs to escape the poverty and backwardness of her youth. She thinks she does so by marrying Edmund Leary, a scientist, but she soons find out that they have very different outlooks on life. When Ed develops Alzheimers, their relationship is further tested, but Eileen loves Edmund and fights for his health and dignity. As their son, Connell, grows up, he grows to want something different from his parents as well.
Critique
An epic family drama that spans generations, about the challenges of individual lives and the loving but sometimes difficult relationships that tide us through. It's also about the American Dream - when we achieve it, is it really what we wanted? I really loved this book and, though it could be difficult at times, it was also funny and incredibly moving.
ISBN
9781476756660
  iBistro
# of Pages
620
Published
2014
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Reviewer's Initials: DO CO


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