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Individual Author Record

General Information

Name:  Matthew Thomas  

Pen Name: None

Genre: Fiction

Audience: Adult;

Born: in New York

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Illinois Connection

Thomas earned his BA from the University of Chicago.

Biographical and Professional Information

Matthew Thomas was born in the Bronx and grew up in Queens. A graduate of the University of Chicago, he has an MA from the Writing Seminars at Johns Hopkins University and an MFA from the University of California, Irvine, where he received the Graduate Essay Award. He currently lives in New Jersey.

Published Works Expand for more information

Titles At Your Library


We Are Not Ourselves

  • New York Times Bestseller
  • Notable Book of the Year, New York Times, 2014
  • Top 50 Fiction List, Washington Post, 2014
  • Ten Best Fiction Books, Entertainment Weekly, 2014
  • 5 Most Important Books of 2014, Esquire
  • Best Books of 2014, Publishers Weekly
  • One of Janet Maslinís Ten Favorite Books of the Year, New York Times
  • Shortlisted, James Tait Black Prize
  • Finalist, Center for Fiction Firs Novel Prize
  • Longlisted, The Guardian First Book Award
  • Nominated, Folio Prize
  • Finalist, John Garner Fiction Book Award
  • Starred Review, Publishers Weekly

    Speaking Engagements

    Speaking Engagement Availability (Yes)

    Media Inquiries

    Amanda Lang at Simon & Schuster 1230 Avenue of the Americas, New York, NY 10020

    Literary Rights & Inquiries

    Bill Clegg at The Clegg Agency 156 Fifth Avenue, Suite 1210, New York, NY 10010 (646)


    Speaking Engagements

    Dawn Stuart at Books in Common Bend, Oregon