Matthew Thomas

01 Oct 2016
10:00 am - 11:00 am
St. Peter's Parish Hall

Matthew Thomas

Photograph by Beowulf Sheehan

Matthew Thomas is the New York Times best-selling author of the debut novel We Are Not Ourselves, which was short-listed for the James Tait Black Prize, the Center for Fiction First Novel Prize, and the John Gardner Fiction Book Award; long-listed for the Dublin International Literary Prize, the Guardian First Book Award, and the Folio Prize; named a New York Times Notable Book of 2014; and named one of the best books of the year by the Washington Post, Esquire, and Entertainment Weekly, among others. He lives in Montclair, New Jersey.

MFOB FEATURED BOOK: We Are Not Ourselves

Eileen Tumulty is born in 1941 to Irish immigrant parents. She grows up in Queens but longs for more—a home in Bronxville, better friends, and a better job for her husband. But her husband’s growing reluctance to embrace his wife’s vision for happiness brings darkness upon the family. Eileen and her family try desperately to preserve, against long odds, the idea of the American Dream they have long cherished. Through the lives of these characters, Thomas’s gripping family saga charts the story of the American Century.


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