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This Time Tomorrow: A Novel

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Winner of an International Latino Book Award for Best Novel!

Gilbert Gaeta, a forklift operator in a dairy, can barely make payments on the house where he lives with his thirteen-year-old daughter, Ana. When a month of overtime shifts comes his way, he begins to envision a new life, one in which he can save enough money for an engagement ring and finally propose to his girl
Hardcover, 304 pages
Published February 16th 2010 by Thomas Dunne Books
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Aug 14, 2012 Jennifer rated it liked it
i think that this novel is propelled by its characters more than anything, particularly because the plot moves very slowly toward its climactic moment. that said, i found two of the three characters very frustrating because of their inability to take control over their lives.

the author gives the male protagonist, gilbert gaeta, a very complex inner life, but he is a pretty stagnant character. to say that he has poor communication skills would be an extreme understatement, and perhaps because of
May 25, 2010 Judi rated it really liked it
What a voice! This book perfectly captures the essence of the working class San Gabriel Valley and its rich diversity. I know the area well. The story revolves around the relationship between a dad, his teen daughter and his girlfriend. The characters are very well fleshed out. I highly reccomend this book and Michael Jaime-Becerra's collection of interwoven short stories "Every Night is Ladies Night" as well. (Also set in the San Gabriel Valley) I would have given This Time Tomorrow five stars ...more
Dec 21, 2010 Janet rated it it was amazing
Just saw him read this in LA, I love the way he can evoke tremendous tenderness for his characters in ways so subtle I have to reread on the page to figure out how he does it. Very simple, full of heart. The precariousness of ordinary lives, and the courage of ordinary people to live them.
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I loved the characters.
They are characters I have not frequently read about in my lifetime of reading.
They are characters with whom I closely relate.
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Michael Jaime-Becerra grew up in El Monte, California, a working-class suburb of Los Angeles. He received his MFA from the University of California, Irvine, and currently teaches creative writing at University of California, Riverside. His short-story collection, Every Night Is Ladies’ Night, was named one of the best of the year by The Washington Post and the San Francisco Chronicle. It was award ...more
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