Tuesday, August 26, 2014
Matthew Thomas, 39, published a great American novel about Alzheimer’s—a disease that will impact the lives and estate plans of thousands. Thomas devoted ten years of his life to writing We Are Not Ourselves, much of that time was while he was working as a high-school English teacher. Last year, his book was auctioned for $1 million. The book was subsequently featured as one of the Buzz Books for 2014 at Book Expo America.
The book tells the story of Ed Leary, a college professor in his early 50s, and his wife Eileen, a nurse, put the pieces together during Ed’s devastating disease. The book chronicle’s Ed’s gradual demise, in addition to the emotional and financial impact it has on Eileen and Ed’s son.
Although fiction, this is a story Thomas knows well. He was 19 when his own father was diagnosed with early Alzheimer’s. Thomas says his father’s diagnosis with Alzheimer’s was a “protracted and delayed death sentence.”
See Deborah L. Jacobs, Debut Author Hits the Jackpot with Novel About Alzheimer’s, Forbes, Aug. 25, 2015.