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RJ Julia Author Spotlight: Matthew Thomas

Matthew Thomas is our RJ Julia’s Author Spotlight for October. Matthew’s debut novel We are Not Ourselves is getting a lot of critical acclaim, and he just sold the movie rights to producer Scott Rudin (No Country for Old Men, The Truman Show, The Social Network).

The novel follows Eileen Tumulty, born in 1941 to Irish immigrants in Queens. She longs to belong to the new cosmopolitan world in post-war America, but soon realizes that her new husband doesn’t aspire in the same way. New York, specifically Queens, is front in center in the We are Not Ourselves, and Matthew talks about how he used the city as a character unto itself in the Placing Literature podcast with Tim Knox. He is excited to share the borough where he grew up with people who only know New York through Manhattan and Brooklyn.

Check out a map of We are Not Ourselves at PlacingLiterature.com and follow along with Eileen as she navigates through the American Century. And, if you just happen to be the location scout for Scott Rudin, you’re in luck. Your work has been done for you.