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Tomorrow River

3.82 of 5 stars 3.82  ·  rating details  ·  941 ratings  ·  162 reviews
New York Times bestselling author Lesley Kagen makes her hardcover debut with an extraordinary literary thriller, rendered through the eyes of an unforgettable eleven-year-old girl.

During the summer of 1968, Shenandoah Carmody's mother disappeared. Her twin sister, Woody, stopped speaking, and her once-loving father slipped into a mean drunkenness unbefitting a superior
Hardcover, 352 pages
Published April 29th 2010 by Dutton Adult (first published 2010)
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Linda Day
The first 3/4ths of this book was just wonderful. I read w/o taking a break, but then the ending kind of fell apart. I was disappointed ... kind of like the sky rocket that starts out with all the colors, and then just fizzles. :(

This is a mystery with several twists. Set in a small Southern town which is dominated by the men in one family (a little Cat on a Hot Tin Roof-ish) and the ensuing disappearance of the wife of one of the sons in this family. She, Eve, is also the mother or the narrator
Cathe Olson
12-year-old twin girls try to deal with the disappearance of their mother in different ways. Woody (Jane) retreats into herself, no longer talking or caring for herself. Shen takes care of her sister and tries to solve the mystery by secretly interviewing townspeople. Meanwhile, both girls have to deal with their father's increasing drunkenness and unpredictable moods.

I found this book intriguing and definitely wanted to keep reading to find out what really happened on the night of the carnival
I finished reading this like five hours ago, and I'm still having trouble figuring out how to put into words how much I loved this book.

Admittedly, I wasn't too sure about this at first, but I think that's only because it takes a little bit to get used to having a 12-year-old as the narrator to a story--especially one as fiesty as Shenny!

This book was beautiful. End of story. I cannot believe that Lesley Kagen is not more well-known. With Shenny telling the story, it is at times quite comical
I have to say, I wasn't expecting to actually read the whole book. In order to get ready for author, Leslie Kagen, to make an appearance, time had slipped away and I had one day to read this novel. I was told to read the last few chapters. I have a hard time reading the ending of books, unless they are real stinkers and I am about to give up on them. So, I read the first few chapters. This book was amazing! I was up all night finishing it and I am ready to read it again. It is reminisent of Harp ...more
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Everyone in Rockbridge County knows the Carmody family – they’re the richest and most powerful clan in this part of Virginia. Shenandoah and Jane Woodrow Carmody are 11-year-old twins living at Lilyfield – a large home in rural Virginia – with their father, a judge, and their housekeeper Louise Jackson. As the novel opens, their mother has been missing for nearly a year, and their father has clearly descended into an alcoholic depression. He is keeping the twins virtual prisoners at home, though ...more
Anya Tsinko
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As a mystery, the book is highly predictable. But that's okay, really, since the narrator is an eleven year old and it makes sense that an adult reader would piece things together faster than she would. I enjoyed the narrative voice, although I never could buy the twin character (Woody). I understand she was recently mute and psychologically fragile, but she was portrayed as being so developmentally stunted that I couldn't believe she hadn't been that way before the incident. Shen makes it seem ...more
The third I've read by Lesley Kagen. This is filled with so many characters (and some of them similar) that it takes a while to catch on. The protagonists are twin girls--Shenandoah and Woody. Shenandoah is taking care of Woody since she has gone mute due to a trauma. Both girls are trying to sort out the death of their mother and the cruelness of their father. Even though the subject matter is tough, Kagen again manages to brings a lighthearted attitude to the topic by creating an atmosphere wh ...more
It has been almost a year since Shenandoah Carmody’s mother disappeared, taking with her their idyllic life as a prominent family in their late-1960’s Virginia town: her twin sister has stopped speaking, and her father is withdrawn. Shenny is convinced that her mother is out there somewhere, and her return will restore their family life to the way it was. Her memories, and the actions of the narrative, however, reveal that issues of race, class, and gender were – and still are – at work. And She ...more
After I got this book home, I wondered whatever possessed me to pick it up. I'm glad that I did, as I thouroughly enjoyed every minute of this story. I fell in love ith the twins - one weak and needy, and the other one strong and resilient.
The twins' mother disappears. Shenny wants to find her. Woody refuses to talk. Their father, the judge is abusive to them, and is going to wed another. What really happened to their mother? Is she dead like everyone imagines? Lots of story lines. I was surpri
Jeannie Turicik
This is a GREAT story. I have read all of Lesely's books and enjoyed them, but in my opinion, this is her best work. She truly captures the emotions of the twin sisters as they try to solve the puzzle of their missing Mother, and endure the hardships placed upon them by their troubled Father--and twisted evil Grandparents and Uncle. The books has some outstanding support characters and a great ending. Kudos to Lesley--and I hope you've started your next book!!

If you havent' read it yet--do so!
This is a page-turning novel of suspense and intrigue with interesting characters that come alive. Things are not what they appear. Shenandoah Wilson and Jane Woodrow are 12 year old twin girls living in West Virginia. Seeing the world through the eyes of a 12 year old child brings a sense of honesty and understanding that will leave you touched and tearful. This novel has a number of unexpected twists, which makes turning each page a delight. I truly enjoyed this one! I recommend!
Gayle Wingerter
Set in Kentucky during 1969, this well-written story of twin girls hooked me from the first page. Their mother has been missing for a year, and the effect on the two very different 11 year-olds is devastating. As one twin tries to solve the mystery of her mother's disappearance, the other has withdrawn and become mute. Little by little the reader learns about family dynamics and secrets. I read the book in about 3 days, unusual for me.
I really liked this story, but was a bit confused about the 11 year old's point of view - sometimes it is too advanced to be realistic, and at other times I found myself getting frustrated by how dense and overly innocent she seemed. (maybe this is realistic? I only know a few 11 year olds!)

The plot moves along quickly enough and is interesting. I couldn't put the book down once I was halfway through. Great ending.
I love, love, love Lesley Kagen. This book had it all-a mystery, a suspense tale a love story, a family drama...The story is told from the innocent-eye point-of-view which helps create some dramatic irony. As for the mystery part, I thought I had that all figured out a third of the way into the book. Which of course I didn't! I was sorry when I had to put this one down.
Although I liked this book for most of the book, it's the Knight on a shining horse ending. Two 11-year old twin girls against the adults (and one emotionally damaged who can no longer speak), with a couple plot twists and suddenly it's solved totally out of left field. Rather disappointing given the writing to that point.
This is a great book club book. I thoroughly enjoyed it. The author does a great job processing events through the eyes of a young girl while still giving enough information so that as an adult you understand what's really happening. I also love that the ending is well done, no unanswered questions or sudden endings here.
Their mother’s sudden disappearance has taken a toll on the almost twelve year old Carmody twins. Jane Woodrow, (Woody) has stopped speaking and is prone to running off. Spunky Shenandoah Wilson takes it upon herself to take care of Woody while also searching for their mother.

It was hard at first to read about their father’s behavior. You don’t like to think of anyone being so mean to children but he is suffering too. The Carmody family suffers from a long line of mean spirited, controlling beha
If you like Southern novels, told in a child's voice, with a mystery, and family secrets you'll like this novel. Throw in an early 60's setting and racial issues with clashes between old boy network and forward thinking individuals and you have a really good read. The fact that it is written quite well is a plus. I love that there are details about the story and the mystery craftily revealed to the reader, totally in the child's voice, but not understood by a highly intelligent, very precocious ...more
Carmody ikizleri Shenandoah ve Woody'nin annesi esrarengiz birşekilde kaybolmuştur. Carmody'ler kasabanın en nüfuzlu ailesidir ve ikizlerin babası kasabanın yargıcıdır. Sheny ve Woody'nin anneleri kaybolduktan sonra babalarının gazabına uğramalarını ve annelerini arayarak geçirdikleri zamanı anlatıyor kitabımız. İlk başlarda biraz sıkıldım ama güzel bir hikayeydi. İkizlerden Woody annesinin kaybolduğu gece "Annem gitti" dedikten sonra başka hiç bir şekilde konuşamamıştır. Sheny hem kardeşinin ba ...more
This is my favorite of her books so far. The story follows two twins investigating the disappearance of their mother. The book starts out simple and charming, but turns progressively darker--not in a scary way though.
Holly Cartier
I read 'Whistling in the dark" because of the Milwaukee connection--and I loved this story. The end was a complete surprise, and the atmosphere the author invokes is so engrossing. Sit down with time to read it all.
This was a phenomenal book all the twists and turns are totally amazing. I cant wait for her next book to come out.
DParins Art
The author, Lesley Kagen, came to our book club and was as fantastic in person as her characters are in her novel :)
Love this book. It's the kind of book I may read a second time. Lesley Kagen's writing is so Addictive!
Jane Stimson
This was a great story. I loved the narrator. Twins in the story would be my age!
Apr 01, 2011 Pam rated it 5 of 5 stars
Recommended to Pam by: Tacie Sterling
I LOVED this book! I really hope Ms. Kagen will write a sequel.
This book was absolutely wonderful!!
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Lesley Kagen is a mother of two, a grandmother of two, an actress, former restaurateur, celebrated public speaker, essayist, and the award winning, New York Times bestselling author of Whistling in the Dark, Land of a Hundred Wonders, Tomorrow River, Good Graces, Mare's Nest, The Undertaking of Tess, and The Resurrection of Tess Blessing. Her novels have also been published in the Netherlands, Chi ...more
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