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We Are Not Ourselves: A Novel

We Are Not Ourselves:  A Novel

by Matthew Thomas,
Psychology Today, August 12, 2014

Near the end of We Are Not Ourselves, Matthew Thomas’ first novel, Connell Leary rescues his mother from a faith healer who channels a spirit named Vywamus. "I want to thank you for caring," Eileen Tumulty Leary says. "I was fine, but still." She takes him into her arms and when they are done, the teenager maintains it is the first time she ever hugged him first. "That’s not possible," Mrs. Leary replies. "In my memory, anyway," Connell contends. She shakes her head: "There’s more that’s happened than what’s in your memory."


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