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From Graham Swift, Booker Prize-winning author of Last Orders, comes a masterful and compassionate novel of rare emotional power and narrative skill. On a midsummer's night, Paula lies awake beside her sleeping husband. She and Mike have been married for twenty-five years, a good marriage; they have two teenage children, Nick and Kate, peacefully sleeping in their own nearby rooms. But Paula's eyes won't close: the next morning she and Mike have to tell the children something that will redefine all their lives. Recalling the years before and after her children were born, Paula begins a story that is both a glowing celebration of love possessed and a moving acknowledgement of the fear of loss, of the fragilities, illusions and secrets on which even our most intimate sense of who we are can rest. As day draws nearer, Paula's intensely personal thoughts seem to touch on all our tomorrows. Brilliantly distilling half a century into one suspenseful night, as tender in its tone as it is deep in its resonance, Tomorrow is a magical exploration of coupledom, parenthood and individuality, and a unique meditation on the mysteries of happiness and belonging. It's a week past your sixteenth birthday. By a fluke that's become something of an embarrassment and that some people will say wasn't a fluke at all, you were born in Gemini. I'm not an especially superstitious woman. I married a scientist. But one little thing I'll do tomorrow-today, I mean, but for a little while still I can keep up the illusion-is cross my fingers. Everything's quiet, the house is still. Mike and I have anticipated this moment, we've talked about it and rehearsed it in our heads so many times thatrecently it's sometimes seemed like a relief: it's actually come. On the other hand, it's monstrous, it's outrageous-and it's in our power to postpone it. But 'after their sixteenth birthday', we said, and let's be strict about it. Perhaps you may even appreciate our discipline and tact. Let's be strict, but let's not be cruel. Give them a week. Let them have their birthday, their last birthday of that old life. You're sleeping the deep sleep of teenagers. I just about remember it. I wonder how you'll sleep tomorrow. --from Tomorrow
Publisher: Toronto : Random House Canada, c2007.
ISBN: 9780307355904
Characteristics: 255 pages ;,20 cm.


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Apr 20, 2018

I personally did not like the point of view and the author's style. I was unable to finish the novel because I got so bored reading of it. The mother was protecting the kids from this "secret" between her and her husband, and now she thinks they are grown up enough to know it that will change their life forever. It was a long buildup to know what exactly it is she's going to tell them, and I was too disinterested to even find out what it was. She discusses her personal life of her youth and view points on sexuality I just found it awkward and strange to even read it let alone think she would say this aloud to her kids.. just not my style!

Cathy Nov 12, 2007

Interesting concept--having the whole story take place in one evening. I felt the "secret" was not as earth-shattering as one would expect.

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