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Tuesday, June 11, 2013

Summer Reading Road Trip Tour Stop - Is This Tomorrow by Caroline Leavitt

About The Book:

What does it mean to be an outsider in a community? How do we keep the ones we love safe? in 1950s suburbia, everything is meant to be perfect, even as paranoia about Communism and nuclear bombs winds its way through the supposed paradise. But when divorced, sensual-without-meaning-to-be, Jewish single mother Ava rents a house with her 12-year-old son, Lewis, she struggles to fit in and find her place in the neighborhood.

Lewis finds solace with the only other two fatherless kids on the block, his best friends Jimmy and Rose, but when Jimmy vanishes one day, Ava is suddenly suspect and Lewis and Rose’s life will be changed forever.

A novel about people trying desperately to uncover secrets about the past–and about themselves.

My Thoughts:

You think of life back in the 1950/1960s and it seems like everyone had it made - lots of jobs, good economy, strong family dynamics - the works.  But in her latest novel, "Is This Tomorrow," author Caroline Leavitt takes her readers into a darker world of suspicion, mistrust and apprehension that shines a whole different light on the era.

When recent divorcee Ava Lark and her son Lewis move into a suburban neighborhood, they are meet with an air of chilliness from the other residents. Lewis soon makes friends with the neighbor's kids, Rose and Jimmy, but Ava never quite fits into the social atmosphere. And when Jimmy disappears one day, all eyes turn to Ava as being the one to watch.

Leavitt's cast of characters in this novel are fascinating, and the way the plot moves from one character to another, and from past to present, keeps the reader fully involved in the storyline from start to finish. Leavitt captures the era of the late 50s/early 60s brilliantly and bring an authenticity to the tale that will remain imprinted on the reader for a long time after the final page is turned.

I highly recommend this novel for those who enjoy a captivating, intriguing work of fiction that keeps the reader on their toes.

About The Author:

Caroline Leavitt is the author of Girls In Trouble, Coming Back To Me, Living Other Lives, Into Thin Air, Family, Jealousies, Lifelines and Meeting Rozzy Halfway. Various titles were optioned for film, translated into different languages, and condensed in magazines.

Her ninth novel, Pictures of You, went into three printings months before publication and is now in its fourth printing. A New York Times bestseller, it was also a Costco “Pennie’s Pick,” A San Francisco Chronicle Editor’s Choice “Lit Pick,” and was one of the top 20 books published so far in 2011, as named by BookPage. Pictures of You was also on the Best Books of 2011 lists from The San Francisco Chronicle, The Providence Journal, Bookmarks Magazine and Kirkus Reviews. Her new novel, Is This Tomorrow, will be published May 2013 by Algonquin Books.

She lives in Hoboken, New Jersey, New York City’s unofficial sixth borough, with her husband, the writer Jeff Tamarkin, and their teenage son Max.

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    My thanks to BookSparks PR for including me on this tour and to Algonquin Books for supplying the review copy.  I was not compensated for my opinion.

    1 comment:

    Caroline Leavitt said...

    Thank you so much for your thoughtful review! I am so honored! And so thrilled!

    Carolne Leavitt