Is This Tomorrow


How did I get it?:
NetGalley- thanks to Algonquin Books


In 1950s suburbia, everything is supposed to be perfect—dreams of happiness, safety, and community fulfilled. But when divorced working-mom Ava 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 Eisenhower, the Cold War, bomb scares, and paranoia—seizes the opportunity to further ostracize Ava and her son, chasing off Ava’s new boyfriend, the first man she has loved since her estranged husband.

In the 1960s, we find Lewis in his twenties, living a directionless life, a failure in love, estranged from his mother. He never recovered from the disappearance of his childhood friend. Rose is now a schoolteacher in another city, watching over children as she was never able to watch over her own brother. Ava is still living in the neighborhood, building a new life for herself in a new decade, where she is no longer such an anomaly.

When the mystery of Jimmy’s disappearance appears to be solved, all three come back into one another’s lives. Lewis and Rose work together to untangle the final pieces of the puzzle, but must make tough decisions about how much to reveal, whether to hurt the ones they love or let some secrets remain buried.


I’ve had this book for quite some time now. I was really interested in the synopsis, so I requested it straight away. I can’t believe it has taken me so long to get around to reading it, but I’m glad I’ve finally got around to reading it, because it’s a really engaging, well-written story, that I think fans of adult fiction really would enjoy!

This is the first book that I’ve read by Caroline Leavitt, and I’d definitely read more. Is This Tomorrow is set in 1956, when many people were living in fear of anything that differed from the expected and accepted norm. It is so well written, it’s easy to get sucked into the story, for the most part, I found it hard to put down.

Ava Lark rents a cheap home in Boston with her 12 year old son, Lewis. The neighbours are immediately suspicious of Ava, because she is a single mother, that has men around to the house and she’s had a divorce. The only people that aren’t suspicious of Ava, are Dot Rearson (a widow) and her children Jimmy and Rose. Lewis, Jimmy and Rose become the best of friends, there for each other when the rest of the community excludes them. Jimmy goes missing one day and everyone’s lives are changed.

I don’t want to say too much more about the book, except I thought it was a really good, solid read with some incredibly intriguing characters. I’d definitely read more from this author and will be recommending this book to those that enjoy adult fiction.

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