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Tomorrow Tomorrow Tomorrow

2.61  ·  Rating details ·  902 Ratings  ·  193 Reviews
On a midsummer's night Paula Hook lies awake; Mike, her husband of twenty-five years, asleep beside her; her teenage twins, Nick and Kate, sleeping in nearby rooms. The next day, she knows, will redefine all oftheir lives.
Recalling the years before and after her children were born, Paula begins a story that is both a glowing celebration of love possessed and a moving ackn
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Published September 30th 2008 by Vintage Books USA (first published April 2007)
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Pooja
Jun 11, 2016 rated it it was ok  ·  review of another edition
Shelves: owns-these-books
Tomorrow is a story about the collection of letter a mother writes to her two children, before the night of the day theri parents are going to be separated.

And that the next day, that is, tomorrow, the children have to choose their path and that their decision matters and will affect to the whole family and relatives.

The theme is really great but the narration seemed sometimes out of the blue and I couldn't connect much to Paula.

Her voice was really the way normal people speak and felt correct.
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Danielle
Aug 25, 2010 rated it did not like it  ·  review of another edition
Shelves: fiction
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
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Sarah
Oct 27, 2007 rated it did not like it  ·  review of another edition
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
anna
Oct 01, 2007 rated it it was ok  ·  review of another edition
Shelves: donereading
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
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Beth
Nov 06, 2007 rated it it was ok  ·  review of another edition
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
Sun
Jan 09, 2011 rated it did not like it  ·  review of another edition
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
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Luc
Mar 03, 2017 rated it liked it  ·  review of another edition
Shelves: fiction-english
Paula lies awake besides her husband in the night before the 16th birthday of their twins, a boy and a girl. The next day the couple is going to make an announcement to their children. It takes some time before Graham Swift allows Paula's thoughts to reveal to the reader the content of this message to their children. Curiosity keeps you going as Paula's thoughts unfold this small happy family's background and history:we get to know her and her husband's own family with the respective grandfather ...more
Lisa
*pout* I’m not having much luck with my fiction reading at the moment.

I am spoiled for choice with non-fiction: I have started Rebe Taylor’s Into the Heart of Tasmania: A Search for Human Antiquity but then Tony Kevin’s new book Return to Moscow came into the library – and I just took a little peek at it when the traffic lights were red and kept going when I got home. I’ve got an intriguing new bio called Lenin the Dictator: An Intimate Portrait and a beautiful National Library of Australia bio
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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,
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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
Oona
Jan 07, 2013 rated it really liked it  ·  review of another edition
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
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Tony
Nov 20, 2009 rated it it was ok  ·  review of another edition
Shelves: british
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
Kelly
Apr 09, 2009 rated it did not like it  ·  review of another edition
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.
Rosie
May 22, 2013 rated it liked it  ·  review of another edition
I adore Graham Swift's style of writing; I can honestly say I think I would read through the whole phonebook if it was written in his reminiscing, romantic, monologuing way. 'Tomorrow' was just the same - a delightfully nostalgic tale.

However, to be honest, I very much feel like this novel may aswell have been the phonebook. The subject matter was bizarre and seems to me to have been dealt with in an incredibly over-dramatic fashion, which is why I haven't given this book 5 stars.

*Spoiler alert*
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Kim
Oct 02, 2009 rated it did not like it  ·  review of another edition
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
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Mike Van Campen
Oct 08, 2007 rated it liked it  ·  review of another edition
Recommends it for: fans of good writing and parents
I am a huge fan of Swift's and firmly believe he has written one of the best novels of the last century (Waterland), but this novel falls short. The premise of the novel is that Paula Cambell Hook (49) is unable to sleep because tomorrow she and her husband will share a secret with their children (16 y.o. twins) that will supposedly change their world irrevocably. This establishes the dramatic tension as the narrator seems to be speaking to her children telling the story of her life with her hus ...more
Audrey
Mar 31, 2010 rated it did not like it  ·  review of another edition
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
Tanya
Feb 07, 2010 rated it it was ok  ·  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
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Tony
Nov 10, 2013 rated it it was ok  ·  review of another edition
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
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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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Kelly Cooke
Mar 17, 2009 rated it did not like it  ·  review of another edition
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
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Kirsty Darbyshire
Dec 07, 2010 rated it it was amazing  ·  review of another edition
Shelves: library-book

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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Catarina
Feb 12, 2010 rated it did not like it  ·  review of another edition
Shelves: before-2009
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.
Korrey
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.
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.
Jojo
May 16, 2009 rated it did not like it  ·  review of another edition
This was a very boring book with a very shallow plot. At the end my opinion was "so what?"
Philip
Jan 28, 2016 rated it it was amazing  ·  review of another edition
Tomorrow by Graham Swift is a wonderful novel. It is so good, so perfectly conceived and realised that it could never be filmed. I can only exist as a novel. Throughout it promises to become something truly momentous. But this is an end it never actually achieves, at least as far as then plot is concerned; never achieved, that is, until after finishing the book the reader realises that these are truly the momentous things of life. By the end, the reader may initially be disappointed that the app ...more
Jane King
So disappointing. I struggled to finish this. I wasn't convinced by the narrator and found it hard to remain interested in the story.
Kate
Feb 01, 2017 rated it it was ok  ·  review of another edition
This book sucked me in with what seemed to be an exciting premise...there'd a deep dark secret that won't be immediately revealed.

MILD SPOILERS FOLLOW:

But the secret is really not very exciting. It's like Swift lives in an alternative universe where a relatively minor secret is earth shattering and will ruin a family's life. It's truly almost too mild to bother with and certainly too mild for me to get into it. I'm shocked that Kirkus starred their review although even the Kirkus review suggests
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Shannon
Nov 25, 2013 rated it it was ok  ·  review of another edition
Shelves: kindle, family
I thought this book was well-written - if the stream-of-consciousness tangents did get slightly irritating at times. I've not read anything by Swift before, so I don't know if this is just his own style of writing or not, but it came across as effectively capturing the voice of the character. And I was genuinely interested in the story, and the writing was intricate enough for me not to be able to speed through it like I normally do with fluffier works. Still, I really did not get this book. At ...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
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