We Are Not Ourselves

We Are Not Ourselves

A Novel

Downloadable Audiobook - 2014
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Destined to be a classic, this "powerfully moving" (Chad Harbach, The Art of Fielding), multigenerational debut novel of an Irish-American family is nothing short of a "masterwork." (Joshua Ferris, Then We Came to the End). 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...
Publisher: New York : Simon and Schuster Audio, 2014
Edition: Unabridged
ISBN: 9781442378940
Branch Call Number: Audio Download
Characteristics: audio file
digital,stereo,Digital recording
1 online resource (18 audio files) : digital
Additional Contributors: Winningham, Mare

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Oct 10, 2015

Please don't offer reviews that spoil it for others! The reader is very good, albeit, with somewhat of a monotone. This is one super long read/listen, some 100+ chapters that at times I thought would never end.

It is enlightening on many levels, culture, religion, parenting, prejudice, perceptions, illness. By the time I reached this woman's life at marriage I had some compassion for her, then I grew to loath her.

An interesting read, certainly not uplifting for me. My SPOILER!!! This is a perfect example to demonstrate: what not to say to your children & how to encourage your children; how to recognize signs of memory loss; the best reasons for talking openly with your family about illness & death. Make a will with clear instructions, as death comes for all.

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