Is This Tomorrow

Is This Tomorrow

A Novel

Book - 2013
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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?
Publisher: Chapel Hill, N.C. : Algonquin Books of Chapel Hill, [2013]
Edition: First edition.
ISBN: 9781616200541
Characteristics: 360 pages ; 21 cm


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Nov 14, 2014

When I first picked up this novel, I wasn't feeling it. I didn't think I was in the mood for another suburban melodrama. I was surprised to find myself sucked into this story of a divorced woman, living in the Boston suburbs during the 1950s who finds her life uprooted when a neighborhood boy goes missing. The ending--in which the great mystery of what happened to the child is revealed--is not nearly as satisfying as the journey to get there. I was more interested in Ava’s life and struggles as a single woman, trying to raise a child and make it on her own during a time when her lifestyle was looked on as quite scandalous. I shudder to think that many real women had to live like her, with neighbors and coworkers looking down their noses in judgement. I think the novel shines in its chapters that focus on Ava, as she struggles, but ultimately comes into her own and finds a way to be quite successful and even happy. The chapters focusing on her son Lewis, dragged a bit for me. He came off as quite whiny, but I guess given his life experiences--a father who ran out on him and his only friend disappearing--it is somewhat understandable.

Overall, I found this was an enjoyable read, and I’m glad I decided to try it out, even though it wasn't speaking to me at the beginning.


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