Is This Tomorrow

Is This Tomorrow

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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{u2014}in the throes of Cold War paranoia{u2014}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: 1st ed.
ISBN: 9781616200541
1616200545
Branch Call Number: LEAVITT C
Characteristics: 360 p. ; 21 cm.

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gusmcrae
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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