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Tomorrow

2.59 of 5 stars 2.59  ·  rating details  ·  708 ratings  ·  170 reviews
In his first novel since The Light of Day, the Booker Prize-winning author pens a luminous tale about the closest of human bonds. Brilliantly distilling 50 years into one suspenseful night, this novel is an exploration of couples, parenthood, and a unique meditation on the mystery of happiness.
Hardcover, 272 pages
Published September 11th 2007 by Knopf (first published 2007)
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Sarah
Nov 04, 2007 Sarah rated it 1 of 5 stars
Shelves: quit
I actually had to create the bookshelf "quit" for this book, because I very rarely legitimately quit reading a book once begun. But I did, and I can't front like I really did turn all those endless pages. Also, having read it would say something about me that I don't want said, because (and here it comes) the whole crappy thing is blahbittyblah filler leading up to a "big secret" that will be revealed... when? WHEN? When I looked at the page number for the 40th time on page 54 and decided that I...more
Danielle
Ugh. Let me just count the ways that I loathed this book:
1. The stupid author baited me, and then grossly disappointed. Its one thing to build up the reader's anticipation when there is a legitimate payoff, but to keep reminding us "There's something big coming..." "Something earth-shattering is going to be revealed any time now..." and keep on like that for three-quarters of the book, it darn well better be earth-shattering, or I'm going to be ticked. I was ticked.
2. I couldn't believe the auth...more
anna
Expands upon the idea of what/when to tell kids that they are from invitro fertilization AND artificial insemination.

Problem is, i just kept wondering through most of the book, WHEN is this narrator going to get around to it... i just kept thinking : GET AROUND TO IT ALREADY!!! (most of the book she just "alludes" to the fact hey ahve somthing big to tell the kids tomorrow...)

maybe i just have no patience right about now, but even though it was an interesting idea, this book kindof dragged for...more
Sun
Jan 09, 2011 Sun rated it 1 of 5 stars
Shelves: 2011
Paula, the mother of twins Nick and Kate, and wife of Mike, agonizes during the night and into the morning of the day after the twins' 16th birthday. She's worrying over the impact of a big announcement on the twins and on their family. It's fairly obvious from the first chapter what the momentous revelation is, and in 2010, it hardly comes as a surprise, and I can't imagine the personal and ethical dilemmas were any more novel when the book was published in 2007.

Maybe I responded the way teena...more
Tony
I didn't like the narrator of Tomorrow, a mother musing at three a.m. about her family on the 'eve' of the BIG ANNOUNCEMENT to her sixteen year old twins (SPOILER ALERT) that they were products of (gasp) artificial insemination. She's not evil. And I spent quite some time trying to put my finger on what I didn't like about her. I think it's that she seems to be viewing her family, indeed her life, as figures in a dollhouse. I am the mommy. I work for an art firm. Here is the daddy. He used to st...more
Beth
Dec 31, 2007 Beth rated it 2 of 5 stars
Recommends it for: not many people
The title of this book is one word beginning with "T"--Tomorrow. I can think of another "T" word that would have been a more appropriate title--Tedious. The story is of a mother of 16 year old twins laying awake in bed thinking about the conversation that she and her husband will be having with their children tomorrow (hence the title) to tell them about a long-held secret. The entire book takes place during the night. We never actually see the narrator and her husband have the conversation. Ins...more
Kelly
Eee gads. I can't believe after starting this book and stopping I forced myself to read the entire thing. Basically this book could have been a short story. It just went on and on. You wait nearly the entire book to find out the big secret, which isn't really that big of a deal, and the entire time read repeatedly the same exact thoughts from the mother page after page. The only satisfaction I have gotten from this book is that I finished it.
Kim
I started this book with much excitement. Swift is a Booker prize winner and this book is described as ‘The work of a master craftsman’, ‘...Gripping’, and ‘A tour de force ................ An ingenuous piece of fiction.’

Well i say pfffffft to all that. I was so bored for so long that i finally gave up.

The story takes place in one evening in one woman’s head. She thinks about her life before her kids were conceived as she contemplates the big secret she and her husband are going to tell their t...more
James Murphy
I didn't care for Tomorrow. I didn't dislike it because the entire novel is an interior monologue by a woman lying in bed. I wasn't put off by the premise of her interior address to her children, the twins Kate and Nick, who're to be told something tomorrow that'll change forever the way they look at themselves and their parents. The most serious shortcoming in the novel is the voice of Paula Hook, the mother. It's too self-conscious, too aware it's speaking a narration in someone's head. Her vo...more
Audrey
I sure hate to give up in the middle of a book. Hate that so much I continued well past the middle. But I wish I had quit sooner because reading most of these reviews it seems like the book is not going to redeem itself. The entire book is about one night, where a wife/mother lays awake talking to herself, her kids (rehearsing in her mind for the next day) and the reader about what she and her husband are going to tell the kids "tomorrow", on their 16th birthday. It turns out that the big secret...more
Oona Stieglitz
Jan 11, 2013 Oona Stieglitz rated it 4 of 5 stars
Recommends it for: people interested in good writing and nontraditional families
Recommended to Oona by: magazine review ?
This was my introduction to this author, possibly through a book review clipped and thrown in a bedside table drawer. I found it to be lyrical and wise:

"We all have more than one creature inside of us perhaps. And there are some moments in our lives that make us ripe for metamorphosis".

The book is narrated by the thoughts of a woman/wife/mother who is lying in bed thinking about a conversation that will happen in their family the next morning. The children are twins and the parents feel that the...more
Chaitra
Yuck! Yuck!!! Such a disgusting book with a truly awful woman at its center. She didn't have any redeeming qualities at all. I held on till the very end hoping she'd realize what a disgusting person she was and she would please go kill herself - but no. She doesn't. Yuck!

Within the first twenty pages I was already feeling a relief on behalf of the kids that she wasn't the one telling them the awful secret. The archness of her manner of speaking (thinking) was overbearing. You know, that secret,...more
Tony
TOMORROW. (2007). Graham Swift. **.
This was a disappointing novel from one of my favorite novelists. It was the literary equivalent to a once popular TV show, “I’ve Got A Secret.” The narrator is a woman of fifty. She is in bed with her husband, who is sound asleep. She engages in a monologue with her twin children, aged sixteen. She tells them than tomorrow will be the day that may end their lives as they know it. A secret will be revealed that will turn their world upside-down. During this war...more
Kelly Cooke
Interesting premise for this book: a woman lies awake at night, mulling over some huge and life changing news that she and her husband will be sharing with their twin teenagers the following the day. The entire book is made up of her thoughts over this night. She suggests repeatedly that this news is big and scary enough that she fears her children won't want to know her anymore.

The only problem is that the news does not live up to a book-full of fearsome thoughts (what could?) and the ending f...more
Bookmarks Magazine

Bad books sometimes happen to good authors. Despite compelling themes-the unpredictability of life, the ways we mask emotional trauma to produce happiness-Tomorrow failed to muster praise from even the most generous of critics. After building up a doom-and-gloom scenario, Graham Swift led reviewers to expect a tragedy of monstrous proportions-perhaps the children are aliens or the parents serial killers. None of these scenarios panned out, leaving critics feeling deflated upon learning the truth

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Kirsty Darbyshire

A few months ago I read reviews of this book and thought it sounded good, but when I went to the library I picked up another Graham Swift book and didn't get past the first couple of pages. So I wasn't quite sure whether I'd like this or not.

I did like it. It's the internal monologue of a mother recounting events of her life during the night before the morning when she is going to reveal something important to her sixteen year old twin children. It's not really about the revelation - don't read

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Korrey
Jan 10, 2009 Korrey added it
i am a fan of graham swift, i have read all of his other books and have really enjoyed them, but this one was not good. this book started out okay and i thought there would be so much more to it than there actually was. i think it is so overdramatic for no reason and i started to really dislike the narrator, the mom, about halfway way through and then just wanted it over.
Catarina
When I picked this book up on a Summer I actually found the idea very interesting and was sure to love it.
However, like my summer this book proved to be slow, TOO slow. I couldn't finish it and it's definitely on my worst books list. Regardless, I'd still like to finish it one day when I'm ready to die of boredom.
David
A mother's reflection on her life, loves and the nature of relationships, and the secrets. Not quite what I expected of Graham Swift, but well-written all the same. The reservation I have concerns the narrative and it's telling. A middle-aged woman lies sleepless at home alongside her snoring husband. She's unable to sleep because they have to impart something to their sixteen year-old twins, something of great import - or is it? The first person narrative seems overly long yet it is difficult t...more
Cheryl Davis
I really enjoyed this book at the beginning, but became very frustrated with it as it went on. I agree with other reviewers that the definition of fatherhood was incredibly narrow and that the secret was overblown, but I did enjoy the writing style.
Estelle
I have enjoyed Graham Swift's novels but found this one limited. It is set the night before parents are due to tell their twin children a big piece of news which will affect their perception of their family. The first person narrative overly constrains the story - the reader is impressed over and over again with the narrator's fear of the children's response. When we discover what the news is, although it is important, it does feel as if the narrator has over laboured the issue. It would be much...more
Jojo
This was a very boring book with a very shallow plot. At the end my opinion was "so what?"
David Michael Slater
Waterland remains an all-time favorite, but this just did not work for me. Great Swiftian set up: a wife needing to trace her entire relationship with her husband, and even those of both their parents', in order to explain to her sleeping 16 year-old twins the life-changing news their father will share in the morning. Only this time the trademark Swiftian details fail to entrance, and the life-changing news has very little impact. Finally, the narrator never wins the reader over, especially with...more
Kay
Mar 20, 2011 Kay rated it 4 of 5 stars
Shelves: fiction
I like this book a lot. This is the second of Graham Swift's books that I've read (the first was The Light of Day) and all the things I loved in that first book are here again. I really like the way he gradually reveals his story (and the stories behind it) through the narrators' reminiscences (weaving a tale rather than spinning it) and his exploration of the mystery and separateness at the core of every individual life. The conceit of this book, a woman lying awake at night trying to make a co...more
Geno
First of all this book is quite monotonous. A mother telling her life story to her sleeping children, often times information that is very impractical and most often pointless. The book takes place in one night while the husband and two children are sleeping. The next day (Tomorrow) the father and mother will sit the wo 16 year old children down and tell them they were conceived via artificial insemination. The novel is the mother basically reading her very private diary to her kids which is oft...more
Anna
This book was very disappointing. After I finished I went and read some of the reviews on here and they all pretty much say exactly how I felt about it. The premise is fantastic and there is is this big build up to the "secret" and then it is such a let down. I love the idea of the mother writing a letter to her children the night before they reveal a life changing secret. However this was done so poorly especially given that the secret had to do with infertility. The mother frequently focused o...more
Ann Tracy
wow....this was slow. i can't believe i read the whole thing.

i read now that the author has better books, wish i had read one of them instead. i work at a newspaper, not in features, but every year our newsroom sells all the proofs they get sent to them in hopes of reviews. they are sold for united way profits and everything is a couple bucks so i stock up big time. normally end up taking about two stacks home.

anyway... this story, would be a really good short story. it doesn't have enuf content...more
Lawrence Manuel
What an interesting companion to John Banville’s The Infinities, which I recently finished. This time the action transpires in less than a day – just the few hours before the start of the next morning when a mother and her husband announce a long-held family secret to their 16-year-old twins. She “rehearses” by telling a bedtime story to her children, but only in her mind, while everyone is still asleep. It’s a kind of impending death, not unlike the situation of the dying father in The Infiniti...more
Diane
Tomorrow
Graham Swift

The entire book takes place on one night, in the mind of the female narrator, Paula. She reflects on her marriage, her children, her (and her husband's) life before they met, and herself, as an independent entity. Swift is a true writing talent and his ability to inhabit the female mind/voice, is superb.

My frustration with the novel is the story line. It has a strong opening. By mid book, I felt the author was straining and that Paula's anguish was "much ado about nothing." B...more
Tanya
Mar 07, 2010 Tanya rated it 2 of 5 stars  ·  review of another edition
Recommends it for: no one
Shelves: 2010-books
I'm listening to this in the car, and it keeps me occupied when I'm waiting on the kids to be picked-up. I wouldn't read this in print though as the story moves too slowly. From reading other reviews, I already know what the big "secret" is and it doesn't seem like a big deal, but I'm still mildly curious to hear the rest of the mother's musings. If I were not a mom, I don't think I would care though.

Update:
At about half-way through the CD, I am just feeling bored with this and I don't much ca...more
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Graham Colin Swift FRSL (born May 4, 1949) is a British author. He was born in London, England and educated at Dulwich College, London, Queens' College, Cambridge, and later the University of York. He was a friend of Ted Hughes.

Some of his works have been made into films, including Last Orders, which starred Michael Caine and Bob Hoskins and Waterland which starred Jeremy Irons. Last Orders was a...more
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“Pillow talk. It's how you know, it's how you tell, that something different, something special is happening: that this might even be the most important night of your life. Some day -some night- I hope you both may know it, with whoever it may be: the wish, stealing up on you, not to just merge bodies, but all you have, all your years, all your memories up to that point. And why should you wish to do that, if you haven't already guessed that your future too, will be shared?” 12 likes
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