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Is This Tomorrow: A Novel (edition 2013)

by Caroline Leavitt

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Title:Is This Tomorrow: A Novel
Authors:Caroline Leavitt
Info:Algonquin Books (2013), Paperback, 384 pages
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This book was recommended to me, and I was pulled right into the story line from the first chapter. I laughed, I cried, I watched each character mature, and cried a bit more, but for different reasons in the end. An emotionally moving book, but just what I needed for a change of pace. I will be reading more from this fantastic author. ( )
  annmwilson09 | Aug 9, 2016 |
This is one of my 2013 favorites! Leavitt tells us a story filled with loss, grief, mystery and suspicion. She allows us to feel the life of an outsider as a Jewish single mother in a 1950's suburb. This is a painful and yet beautiful story.


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  elizabeth.b.bevins | Nov 4, 2014 |
I received a copy of Is This Tomorrow by Caroline Leavitt in exchange for an honest review.
Ava Lark is trying to make a life for herself and her twelve year old son, Lewis, in a suburban Boston neighborhood. As a divorcee in the 1950s life is somewhat difficult and being a single working mother only made some of the other neighbors view Ava with suspicion. When one of her son’s closest friends disappear the neighbor jump at another excuse to make life for Ava and her son, Lewis even worse.
This book was one of the most emotional I have ever read and very thought provoking. Any parent reading this is absolutely sent to a part of their “cannot go there” horror. There were quite some twists and turns that nothing could have prepared me for and I felt so sad for Ava having to live a life that was not of her making and the blame her son placed on her for a situation he, as a child, could surely not understand. The prejudices against Ava, both for being divorced and Jewish was at a time when there was so little tolerance for the plight of others, maybe to some degree, has our world evolved much? But the fortitude Ava showed in the face of the odds placed against her was admirable for sure. It was good to see the children, Lewis and Rose grow up, but so sad when the truth was found… it makes me wonder if the truth would always set us free?? Not light reading, but very well written.
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  karmakath | Sep 8, 2014 |
I received a copy of Is This Tomorrow by Caroline Leavitt in exchange for an honest review.
Ava Lark is trying to make a life for herself and her twelve year old son, Lewis, in a suburban Boston neighborhood. As a divorcee in the 1950s life is somewhat difficult and being a single working mother only made some of the other neighbors view Ava with suspicion. When one of her son’s closest friends disappear the neighbor jump at another excuse to make life for Ava and her son, Lewis even worse.
This book was one of the most emotional I have ever read and very thought provoking. Any parent reading this is absolutely sent to a part of their “cannot go there” horror. There were quite some twists and turns that nothing could have prepared me for and I felt so sad for Ava having to live a life that was not of her making and the blame her son placed on her for a situation he, as a child, could surely not understand. The prejudices against Ava, both for being divorced and Jewish was at a time when there was so little tolerance for the plight of others, maybe to some degree, has our world evolved much? But the fortitude Ava showed in the face of the odds placed against her was admirable for sure. It was good to see the children, Lewis and Rose grow up, but so sad when the truth was found… it makes me wonder if the truth would always set us free?? Not light reading, but very well written.
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  karmaforlifechick | Aug 17, 2014 |
The subject matter of a missing, presumed dead, child was difficult for me, but [a:Caroline Leavitt|133325|Caroline Leavitt|https://d.gr-assets.com/authors/1261634108p2/133325.jpg] has such a great writing style that i read on anyway. Actually, I was so pulled into the 1950's suburbia drama, with its finely-drawn characters and their problems, that I had to keep reading to find out what happened. I grew up in those days and it was fascinating to see it through adult eyes, to observe how those who didn't fit within the strict conforming boundaries coped and tried to live their lives anyway. ( )
  Maggie.Anton | Jul 18, 2014 |
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In 1956, when divorced working-mom Ava Lark rents a house with her twelve-year-old son, Lewis, in a Boston suburb, the neighborhood is 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 era of the Cold War, bomb scares, and paranoia—seizes the opportunity to further ostracize Ava and her son.
Lewis never recovers from the disappearance of his childhood friend. By the time he reaches his twenties, he’s living a directionless life, a failure in love, estranged from his mother. Rose is now a schoolteacher in another city, watching over children as she was never able to watch over her own brother. Ava is building a new life for herself in a new decade. When the mystery of Jimmy’s disappearance is unexpectedly solved, all three must try to reclaim what they have lost.
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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?… (more)

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