I have long been a fan of debut novels. The pleasure of discovering a new writer, someone with a fresh voice, a new way of telling the story is one not to be missed. We Are Not Ourselves is the first novel from Matthew Thomas and it is a stunning, emotionally devastating and redemptive story of three generations of an immigrant Irish family. Eileen, the mother is the child of an alcoholic father and has dreams of escaping her Queens childhood for a bigger piece of the American Dream. When she finds Ed, she thinks she has found her ticket. It doesn't work that way. We Are Not Ourselves is profoundly moving, sad in ways that moved me to tears and yet oddly redemptive as it points us to what is truly important in life. This is not to be missed.