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In 1956, when divorced, working-mom Ava Lark 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 the Cold War, bomb scares, and paranoia seizes the oppor ...more
Paperback, 384 pages
Published May 7th 2013 by Algonquin Books (first published 2013)
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Janet Having been a kid in the 50's I could identity with the kids in this story. The cold war was on every parent's mind and I did hear of bomb shelters…moreHaving been a kid in the 50's I could identity with the kids in this story. The cold war was on every parent's mind and I did hear of bomb shelters being built. I had one of the few Mom's who worked and always thought other Mom's looked down on her. In elementary school we always played outside until called home. My Mom rang a bell to tell us it was time to get home.(less)
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Diane S ☔
May 03, 2013 rated it really liked it
The nineteen fifties was always portrayed as an innocent time, a time when family was cherished. It was also a time when there was very little divorce, when single woman were looked upon as suspicious by the other women, as if divorce was catching and as prey by some of the married men. There was the cold war, spies, a possible nuclear war and many went through this time period fearful. In this novel Leavitt does an amazing job portraying all these scenarios. Ave is a divorced, single mother wh ...more
Laura
May 12, 2013 rated it really liked it
I'm still not sure how to rate this! It's a book I sank into very quickly, and it just led me from one chapter to the next. I'd sit down, and before I knew it, I'd been reading for over an hour, totally immersed. I thought it would be more of a thriller than it actually was, but still it kept me reading late into the night.

Nothing about it will likely bowl you over, but it could be a great beach read, or something to get sucked into if you need a mind break. The audio performance was not stella
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Dem
May 08, 2013 rated it really liked it
Shelves: recommended
Is This Tomorrow by Caroline Leavitt is a captivating and beautiful written suspense novel and I really enjoyed every chapter of this book.

In 1956, Ava Lark rents a house with her twelve-year-old son, Lewis, in a desirable Boston suburb. Ava is beautiful, divorced, Jewish, and a working mom. She finds her neighbours stand offish and she settles into her neighbourhood the best way she can. Lewis yearns for his absent father and Ava struggles with Work and parenting. Lewis befriends the only other
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Caroline Leavitt
Dec 10, 2012 rated it it was amazing  ·  (Review from the author)  ·  review of another edition
A New York Times bestseller

A USA Today bestseller

A May Indie Next Pick

WNBA 2013 Great Group Reads Selection

A Jewish Book Council Bookclub Pick

A San Francisco Chronicle Lit Pick, Editor's Choice

Working Mother Magazine "Must Read" for Summer

Top Summer Reads, Where Now Boston, Golocalpro.com, Shape Magazine

Reading Group Choices Top Discussible Books

Best Books for Summer, Hudson Booksellers

Winner of Audiofile Earphones Award (audiobook narrated by Xe Sands)

"Riveting-" Vanity Fair Hot Type

"Leavitt bu
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Mandi
Feb 11, 2013 rated it it was amazing  ·  review of another edition
Shelves: net-galley
The story was beautiful in the same way a terribly sad song is: you can admire the beauty of the sadness, even feel enveloped in it, but are so grateful to be on the outside and not experiencing the tragedy yourself. I fell in love with all of the characters and wanted for them to be able to move on with their lives and find peace. And- Jimmy, oh how I wanted them to find sweet Jimmy safe and sound, even though I knew from the book synopsis that this would likely not happen.

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Elizabeth of Silver's Reviews
Is This Tomorrow At one time happy families, at one time a happy circle of friends, but then a missing child, a heartache for life, and a secret.
This secret, had it been revealed, most likely would have made the lives of Rose, Lewis, Ava, and Dot totally different.
After Jimmy disappeared nothing was the same for any of the main characters.  The disappearance was the focus of their lives and consumed every minute of their day as they tried to move on or moved away.
The book at first appeared as if
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Sandra
Sep 05, 2013 rated it it was amazing
Recommends it for: everyone
Is This Tomorrow was a novel I eagerly returned to each night, and ultimately lost sleep over because I was involved with the characters and wanted to see how things would turn out. As with her other novel, Pictures of You (which I also enjoyed very much), this is a story of a tragedy, and how the emotional ripples of that one event resonate over time through many people.

Caroline Leavitt has a gentle way of portraying people and relationships realistically. Her style is straightforward: it's all
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Gail - Slitty
Oct 03, 2016 rated it did not like it
******Caution---This review may contain a spoiler.

I purchased this book because it was a highly rated mystery on Amazon; holy cow, by the time this story ended, I wanted to trade places with the missing kid. First of all, there is no suspense or mystery, that's just a ploy to keep the reader from giving up while reading chapter after chapter of uninteresting and unlikable people. All the main characters are social outcasts and loners before the child goes missing, and guess what, they are still
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☮Karen
Apr 30, 2013 rated it liked it
I won this book in exchange for an honest review. Honestly, this book could have been better for me. A tragedy happens in a Boston suburb in the 50’s, a young neighbor boy and best friend of Lewis just one day disappears after Lewis was late getting home to meet him. Lewis and the sister of the missing boy both blame themselves then and for a very long time afterwards, thinking had they been home in time, this would not have happened. I had no idea at all where the boy could have gone. This was ...more
Temeca Curry
Dec 26, 2012 rated it it was amazing  ·  review of another edition
This book was amazing, a page turner that I couldn't put down but when I had to I couldn't wait to pick it up again. With each page I was swept back into a time that as an independent, opinionated woman couldn't imagine living in especially like Ava, a single parent with no support. I felt for her, rooted for her and sometimes hated her but when I closed the book I realized she will be put on "the shelf" as one of my literary heroes.
The story of Jimmy, Rose and Lewis took me back to my childhoo
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Jennifer Hummer
Jan 10, 2013 rated it it was amazing  ·  review of another edition
There’s past tense and future tense, and then there’s Leavitt-tense. Leavitt-tense is when the main storyline so seamlessly intertwines with backstory that the reader can’t remember how it is they have come to know these characters so deeply. All they know is that they have.

Is This Tomorrow is a mystery with suspense enough. A child goes missing and his community struggles to carry on with no answers as to why or how. Were this story to include only the linear plotline, it would be as gripping.
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☕Laura
Ratings (1 to 5)
Writing: 2
Plot: 3
Characters: 3
Emotional impact: 2
Overall rating: 2.5

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Linda
Mar 17, 2013 rated it really liked it  ·  review of another edition
Recommended to Linda by: Booktopia Bellingham 2013
I read this book in two sittings. Set in the 1950s and 1960s. The author did her homework and sprinkled her manuscript with small details that jolted me back to those times (what gal didn't wear a circle pin?).
What starts as what could be considered as a typical broken home story (dad leaves mom and son then disappears from son's life) develops into a mystery of what happened to the son's best friend. We are guided through the son's lonely life, his tormenting by classmates, his mother's dates,
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Jordan
Aug 11, 2013 rated it it was amazing
Shelves: read-and-enjoyed
I think this is my favorite of Caroline's books so far. She does a skillful job of setting up that 50s era paranoia of anything "different" be it Communists, or a single, attractive Jewish mother trying to make ends meet. I found all the characters sympathetic and the mystery of what happened to Jimmy deftly revealed over the course of the story.
Jaime Boler
Apr 01, 2013 rated it it was amazing

Fear of communism and nuclear war permeated the psyches of millions of Americans in the 1950s. Public and private concerns were heightened by Senator Joseph McCarthy when he proclaimed that hundreds of Communists had infiltrated the United States government. Many writers and entertainers were accused of sympathizing with Communists and thus were blacklisted. His accusations were later disproved, but that did not stop his fervor from spreading.

In her tenth and best novel, Is This Tomorrow, expe
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The Short of It:

A compelling plot with imperfect, sometimes frustrating characters but the honesty in the writing won me over.

The Rest of It:

Caroline Leavitt is a “new to me” writer. I’ve seen her books around but it wasn’t until I started reading her posts on Facebook that I really became interested in her writing. First off, she is constantly writing. I respect that and what I respect most is that even though she is an accomplished author, she still works (really hard I might add) at what ends
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Orbs n Rings
May 30, 2013 rated it it was amazing
Shelves: reviewed
A Captivating and heart wrenching must read!

From the very start of this story I was completely captivated not only by the story itself but also by the writing style of this author. This is the first read for me from Leavitt, her smooth easy to read style has left me wanting to read more of her writing and I have added her to my list of my favorite authors. Set in the 1950′s, Is This Tomorrow” is one of those stories that just draws the reader in as if they have stepped into at time machine. Sudd
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Kathie
May 11, 2013 rated it it was amazing  ·  review of another edition
Shelves: favorites
Excellent read-a page turner. This author has a new fan with me because once I read one book by her I had to get all the other ones she has written. I have not been dissappointed. I loved Ava in this book who reminds me of my own Mom who was a strong woman. The time period is the same. I grew up during the Cold War period when we got under our desks with dog tags on. My neighbor had a bomb shelter and there was one at the mall close to us. My parents weren't divorced but we came from the North; ...more
Nina
Jul 10, 2013 rated it it was ok
Meh.

This book took way too long to get going, after the initital setup of Jimmy's relationship to everyone and then his shocking disappearance. Ava's story was repetitive, cliche, and it just plodded along. I think the author tried to make her out to be more scandalous than she really was, even given the time period.

For me, the book picked up considerably in the second half, when Lewis was an adult and out on his own. But even then, parts of it dragged. I enjoyed the parts with Rose and Lewis, t
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Lorraine
Jun 07, 2013 rated it really liked it
I loved this book. I read this on vacation and had a tough time putting it down. My first book by this author. This story was so suspenseful. It kept me on the edge of my chair, and there were several twists that gave you those "aha" moments. This story takes place in 1956. One of the main characters is Ava Lark. She is considered very different in her neighborhood. She works outside the home and is the only divorced, Jewish single mother in a quiet Boston suburb. She has had to move here to sta ...more
Xe Sands
Dec 11, 2012 rated it it was amazing  ·  review of another edition
Shelves: project-reads
This is a complex tale, deftly woven. It's not tidy and neat, nor tied with a bow at the end. And it doesn't go in the direction you expect.

Couldn't help but resonate with these characters and feel when they felt - although not always *what* they felt (I think it's natural for me as a mother to resonate with the internal strife of Ava more than her son, Lewis). I often felt that if the characters would only have talked to each other honestly, without leaving so much out for various reasons, thi
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Candy
Feb 25, 2013 rated it really liked it  ·  review of another edition
When a 12-year-old boy disappears from his suburban Boston neighborhood, ripples spread far and wide. It's the rigid 1950's and a tight knit community comes undone. The mystery is set up early in the novel, so there is plenty of time to get involved and invested in characters you care about, or are distrustful of, or ones whose motives you question. The overwhelming arc of the story is for these characters you come to feel protective of to get beyond the tragedy. How can you get to tomorrow when ...more
Holly Robinson
May 16, 2013 rated it it was amazing
As someone whose childhood parallels the time period in this book, it was fascinating for me to revisit it here. More importantly, though, this is a novel that reads like a mystery, with plenty of tension to keep you reading long into the night, while at the same time being filled with fresh imagery, lush writing, and profound emotions that you won't soon forget. I would keep the tissue box handy while reading, along with a notebook and pen. Leavitt's wisdom about the human heart, and the risks ...more
Suzanne Palmieri
There is so much I want to say. And not enough room, or time, or space in my limited vocabulary. This book. All of Caroline Leavitt's books are impeccable. Page turning, evocative, beautiful novels.
I am a new author, working on making each novel better than the one before. And if, in my career, I can create something like this? I will have fulfilled my dreams. Read this. Not one word, not one moment is wasted.
Jen
Jul 03, 2013 rated it it was amazing
Loved, loved, loved this book! Caroline Leavitt is one of my all-time favorite writers because she's the type of author who sucks you in immediately from the first sentence. What I loved most about this book in particular is how she captured the 1950s - not only people's attitudes (which contributes greatly to the story), but the small details. The story would be entirely different if it took place in 2013. I recommend this book to everyone and anyone.
Autumn
Apr 11, 2017 rated it it was amazing
The plot revolves around a missing 12-year-old boy but the story is about so much more than that. It is about the life of Rose, Ava and Lewis. They are everyday people living everyday lives in the 50s and 60s but somehow Leavitt makes them so fascinating that when I'm not reading, I still care and wonder what the characters are doing and now that I am finished, I miss them very much.
Diane
May 16, 2013 rated it it was amazing
I read Caroline Leavitt's best selling and critically acclaimed novel Pictures of You a few years ago and became so invested in her characters and story, I couldn't wait to see what she would write next. It was worth the wait because Is This Tomorrow is a knockout of a novel.

Ava Lark is a divorcee with a twelve-year-old son Lewis. They move to a small suburb near Boston in 1956, where a divorced woman, not to mention a Jewish divorced woman, is looked upon with suspicion.

The only friend she has
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Larry H
Apr 01, 2013 rated it really liked it
I'd rate this book 4.5 stars.

In 1956, in the suburbs of Boston, young divorcée Ava Lark is struggling to make it. She and her 12-year-old son, Lewis, are the only Jewish family in the neighborhood (and their neighbors don't hesitate to share their Jewish stereotypes), and one of only two families living without a man, although the other family lost their patriarch when he died unexpectedly. Ava dreams of a better life for her and her son—she wants to be financially stable enough to buy the house
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Christa
Jul 21, 2013 rated it really liked it
Shelves: chick-lit, thriller
From the synopsis, this book seemed like it was being pushed more like a mystery than a character-based story. While I still think it was a good read, I think that was a mistake for this book--its strengths lie more in the portrayal of 1950s suburbia than in a gripping whodunnit.

As the book starts, we're introduced to Ava--a smoking, stirrup-pants-wearing single mother at a time when being a divorcee is downright scandalous. Her time is split between trying to pick up extra hours as a typist and
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Catherine
Sep 01, 2014 rated it it was amazing
I enjoyed and related to IS THIS TOMORROW. It is a book about a missing boy and what happens to those who have lost him. However it is much more than that. It is an exploration of the 1950s when I grew up. Leavitt has the era done perfectly. One of the lead characters is a divorced woman, Ava and she is shunned in the community. I remember at my catholic school there was one divorced mother and she and her son were shunned. Women were blamed for divorce in the 50's and the author brings that hom ...more
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Caroline Leavitt is the New York Times bestselling author of Cruel Beautiful World (out in paperback August 8th! 2017) s This Tomorrow and Pictures of You (Algonquin Books), which. Pictures of You was on the Best Books of the Year lists from the San Francisco Chronicle, The Providence Journal, Bookmarks and Kirkus Reviews. It was also a Costco Pennie's Pick. Is This Tomorrow was long listed for th ...more
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