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Small things add up in Matthew Thomas' 'We Are Not Ourselves'
Small things add up in Matthew Thomas' 'We Are Not Ourselves'

Matthew Thomas' first novel, "We Are Not Ourselves," is an epic of small events. By that I don't mean its story is insignificant but quotidian: the particular struggles of the day-to-day. A family saga, spanning three generations, the book is centered around Eileen Tumulty, a daughter of the Irish working-class in Queens, N.Y. Eileen's existence is summed up in the first two syllables of that last name — tumult — or more accurately, in the drive to push past her limitations, which have been imposed in many ways by time and place. "He worked for J.P. Morgan," she reflects of one young man from the neighborhood, "but he was from...

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