Book review: We Are Not Ourselves by Matthew Thomas

We Are Not OurselvesWe Are Not Ourselves by Matthew Thomas

My rating: 3 of 5 stars

My rating: 3.5 stars

This is the family saga of an Irish-American family who lived in Queens in the beginning of the 40’s.

By being raised among her immigrant parents, when Eileen Tumulty meets Ed Leary – a brilliant scientist, she is convinced that her life will change for better.

After several miscarriages, Eillen manages to conceive a son, Connell. In the meantime, she is obsessed in finding a new house in a “good” neighbor and suffers with her husband’s lack of ambition when he refuses to work for a pharmaceutical company.

What makes their lives change then? With 42 years-old, Ed is diagnosed with Alzheimer’s disease. In the meantime, Connell is attending to a college in Chicago.

Even being a professional nurse, Eillen will have to cope with this terrible disease and its consequence in their ordinary life.

Despite the fact that the book is very well written and the plot is quite involving, I found it is too long in my humble opinion.

As a first and debut novel, this book has its own merits.

Another interesting book about the same subject, Still Alice by Lisa Genova (see my review here) tells the story of an Alzheimer’s patient but told by herself.


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