Is This Tomorrow by Caroline Leavitt
A Novel

71%

16 Critic Reviews

Her real strength lies in her portrayal of grief's many manifestations in those most closely affected: Lewis, Rose, and the two mothers. Leavitt demonstrates through Lewis and Rose that without closure, the grief remains dormant yet re-tains its power.
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Synopsis

In 1956, Ava Lark rents a house with her twelve-year-old son, Lewis, in a desirable Boston suburb. Ava is beautiful, divorced, Jewish, and a working mom. She finds her neighbors less than welcoming. Lewis yearns for his absent father, befriending the only other fatherless kids: Jimmy and Rose. One afternoon, Jimmy goes missing. The neighborhood—in the throes of Cold War paranoia—seizes the opportunity to further ostracize Ava and her son.

Years later, when Lewis and Rose reunite to untangle the final pieces of the tragic puzzle, they must decide: Should you tell the truth even if it hurts those you love, or should some secrets remain buried?

 

About Caroline Leavitt

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Caroline Leavitt is the award-winning author of eight novels. Her essays and stories have been included in New York magazine, Psychology Today, More, Parenting, Redbook, and Salon. She's a columnist for the Boston Globe, a book reviewer for People, and a writing instructor at UCLA online.
 
Published May 7, 2013 by Algonquin Books. 369 pages
Genres: History, Literature & Fiction. Fiction
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Critic reviews for Is This Tomorrow
All: 16 | Positive: 13 | Negative: 3

Kirkus

Below average
on Feb 26 2013

...two incredibly contrived revelations, and neither Lewis nor Rose is a vivid enough personality for readers to care much whether they’ll ever get together.

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Publishers Weekly

Good
on May 27 2013

Her real strength lies in her portrayal of grief's many manifestations in those most closely affected: Lewis, Rose, and the two mothers. Leavitt demonstrates through Lewis and Rose that without closure, the grief remains dormant yet re-tains its power.

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Publishers Weekly

Good
on May 27 2013

Her real strength lies in her portrayal of grief's many manifestations in those most closely affected: Lewis, Rose, and the two mothers. Leavitt demonstrates through Lewis and Rose that without closure, the grief remains dormant yet re-tains its power.

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Book Reporter

Good
Reviewed by Roz Shea on May 16 2013

IS THIS TOMORROW is a tender, deeply moving story of a mother’s love and her struggle to make a normal life for her troubled son. Caroline Leavitt creates living, breathing characters on the printed page.

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Historical Novel Society

Good
on Dec 06 2013

Caroline Leavitt is an amazingly skilled writer as she showcases her ability to delve deeply into her characters’ souls while still maintaining an atmosphere of suspense and historical accuracy.

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The Washington Post

Below average
Reviewed by Wendy Smith on Jul 09 2013

The revelation of what happened to Jimmy is chilling, but its impact is muffled by two ridiculously contrived confessions...“Is This Tomorrow” roars out of the starting gate but falters well before the finish line.

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Boston.com

Good
Reviewed by Kathryn Lang on May 22 2013

Leavitt’s isn’t a page-turner in the usual sense...but it’s a novel that pulls you in and makes you root for an ostracized mother and her son, feel the inconsolable grief of a mother whose child has vanished, and a sister who never ceases to look for her brother.

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Red Room

Good
Reviewed by Skip Horack on May 23 2013

Caroline Leavitt's "Is This Tomorrow" succeeds on many levels - most obviously, perhaps, as a mystery novel, but also as an arresting portrait of bygone America.

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ForeWord Reviews

Good
Reviewed by Alicia Sondhi on May 31 2013

Fans of Leavitt’s work will want to see this latest offering, and new readers, drawn in by Leavitt’s emotional portraits and easy style, may find a new author to love.

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Reviewed by Swapna Krishna on May 09 2013

It’s got a great balance of story, character development, and thoughtfulness; Leavitt portrays the different aspects of it incredibly well.

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Book Journey

Below average
Reviewed by Shela on Jul 03 2013

Lewis as well always sounded weary… and the boyfriend….. while weary is a perfectly acceptable emotion for the book – I had trouble getting beyond the weary of the entire book…in the end – when all was said and I done… I too felt weary.

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Beth Fish Reads

Good
on May 03 2013

Caroline Leavitt's Is This Tomorrow will leave an indelible mark on you. Long after you finish the novel, you'll be thinking about Ava and Lewis and what life offered them. What, if anything, would you have done differently?

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Book Chatter

Above average
Reviewed by Ti on May 07 2013

A compelling plot with imperfect, sometimes frustrating characters but the honesty in the writing won me over.

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BookNAround

Good
Reviewed by Kristen on Nov 12 2013

This is not a happy book, pervaded as it is with a mournful and heavyhearted brooding but it is one that will keep the reader thinking about guilt, judgment, and absolution through all of its pages.

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It's Either Sadness or Euphoria

Good
Reviewed by Larry on May 10 2013

Leavitt has a very straight-forward style. She cuts to the heart of emotions and situations without forcing you to wade through a lot of hyperbole, but her words have real power.

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Beth Kephart's Books

Above average
on Jun 04 2013

Ava, the divorcee with the fine legs and the almost (almost) unwitting seductive style, will, in time, come to take pleasure from baking—and selling—pies...The happiness she derives from doing that which she chooses to do—and begins to do definingly well—is the happiness, I suspect, that Caroline hopes for us all.

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