Is this Tomorrow: A Novel

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Algonquin Books, 2013 - Fiction - 360 pages
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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?


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User Review  - annmwilson09 - LibraryThing

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 ... Read full review

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User Review  - elizabeth.b.bevins - LibraryThing

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. I received a free copy of this book. Read full review

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Caroline Leavitt has written several books including Girls in Trouble, Coming Back to Me, Living Other Lives, Family, Jealousies, Lifelines and Pictures of You. She won First Prize in Redbook Magazine's Young Writers Contest for her short story, Meeting Rozzy Halfway, which grew into the novel and the 1990 New York Foundation of the Arts Award for Fiction for Into Thin Air. Her essays, stories, and articles have appeared in numerous publications including New York magazine, Psychology Today, Parenting, The San Francisco Chronicle, The Chicago Tribune, and The Washington Post. She is a book critic for The Boston Globe and People and a writing instructor at UCLA online. Leavitt is the author of the bestseller, It this Tomorrow.

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