Matthew Thomas

Matthew Thomas's New York Times-bestselling novel We Are Not Ourselves was shortlisted for the James Tait Black Prize, the Center for Fiction First Novel Prize, and the John Gardner Fiction Book Award; longlisted for the International Dublin Literary Award, the Guardian First Book Award, and the Folio Prize; named a Notable Book of the year by the New York Times; named one of the best books of the year by the Washington Post, Esquire, Entertainment Weekly, Publishers Weekly, Barnes & Noble, Amazon, Apple, and others; and named one of Janet Maslin’s ten favorite books of the year in the New York Times. We Are Not Ourselves is being translated into nineteen languages. Matthew has a BA from the University of Chicago, an MA from the Writing Seminars at Johns Hopkins University, and an MFA from the University of California, Irvine.

We Are Not Ourselves is a powerfully moving book, and the figure of Eileen Leary—mother, wife, daughter, lover, nurse, caretaker, whiskey drinker, upwardly mobile dreamer, retrenched protector of values—is a real addition to our literature
— Chad Harbach, author of The Art of Fielding

Talks and Topics

  • We Are Not Ourselves presentation
  • We Are Not Ourselves Reading Group Guide
  • The Rest is Silence - Writing Better Dialogue
  • Time Present and Time Past
  • First Books: What to Expect When You're Expecting
  • Wordcraft in a Digital Ages
  • What St. Patrick's Day Means to Me
  • Waking from the American Dream
  • A Force Unleashed


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Previous & Upcoming Events:

  • March 2016: Association of Writers and Writing Programs
  • June 2016: La Milanesiana Festival, Milan Italy
  • April 2017: Warwick Literary Book Festival
  • April 2017: Sarah Lawrence College
  • July 2017: New York University
  • May 2018: Civitella Ranieri Foundation Residency, Umbria Italy
  • July 2018: NYU's Low Residency MFA Workshop, Paris France

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