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ISBN13: 9781616200541
ISBN10: 1616200545
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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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"Leavitt is a lovely writer and here she tells an absorbing story." New York Daily News

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"Leavitt has a way of crafting the loveliest novels out of tragedy....It's her examination of loss, grief, and disappointment that will engross readers." Booklist

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"This tale of domestic suspense builds to a shocking climax and will appeal to anyone immersed in suburban lore." Library Journal

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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?

About the Author

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.

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Silvers Reviews, June 15, 2013 (view all comments by Silvers Reviews)
At one time happy families, at one time a happy circle of friends, but then a missing child, a heartache for life, and a secret.

This secret, had it been revealed, most likely would have made the lives of Rose, Lewis, Ava, and Dot totally different.

After Jimmy disappeared nothing was the same for any of the main characters. The disappearance was the focus of their lives and consumed every minute of their day as they tried to move on or moved away.

The book at first appeared as if it were going to be a love story, but what a surprise. It turned into a mystery with such remarkable storytelling and such an incredible plot that it was difficult to figure out. You thought you knew who was responsible, and then another incident arose as another character told where they were on that fateful day creating a twist to throw you off. As you hear these stories, you will want to turn back the clock, and you will want to shake the characters into telling their true feelings to each other for comfort and hope.

The tragedy and the mystery made the book refreshingly different just like the characters. IS THIS TOMORROW was very well written with wonderful descriptions of the scenes and of the characters. All of the characters were a bit gloomy but most were quite loveable and endearing. Rose was my favorite. She was sweet, unassuming, innocent, yet very thoughtful. Lewis was brilliant but had issues that kept him from achieving his full potential. Ava finally found something that would make use of her talents and that made her happy, but she still remained alone. Dot was forever sad about losing her son.

If you want a book that you can't wait to get back to, IS THIS TOMORROW is the ticket. It was a bit slow at first, but with all the twists and turns and the terrific plot, you will find yourself devouring the pages looking for answers just as the characters did.

I hope you enjoy this book and its interesting plot as much as I did. 5/5

This book was given to me free of charge and without compensation by the publisher in return for an honest review.
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Product Details

ISBN:
9781616200541
Author:
Leavitt, Caroline
Publisher:
Algonquin Books
Subject:
Literature-A to Z
Subject:
General Fiction
Subject:
FICTION / Historical
Publication Date:
20130507
Binding:
Paperback
Language:
English
Pages:
384
Dimensions:
8.25 x 5.5 in

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Product details 384 pages Algonquin Books - English 9781616200541 Reviews:
"Review" by , "Leavitt is a lovely writer and here she tells an absorbing story." New York Daily News
"Review" by , "Leavitt has a way of crafting the loveliest novels out of tragedy....It's her examination of loss, grief, and disappointment that will engross readers." Booklist
"Review" by , "This tale of domestic suspense builds to a shocking climax and will appeal to anyone immersed in suburban lore." Library Journal
"Synopsis" by , 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?

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