By Graham Swift
(Vintage, Paperback, 9780307386434, 272pp.)
Publication Date: September 9, 2008
Other Editions of This Title: Hardcover
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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 of their 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 acknowledgment of the secrets on which our very identities rest. Brilliantly distilling half a century into one suspenseful night, Tomorrow is an eloquent meditation on the mystery of happiness.
Graham Swift lives in London and is the author of seven previous novels: The Sweet-Shop Owner; Shuttlecock, which received the Geoffrey Faber Memorial Prize; Waterland, which was shortlisted for the Booker Prize and won the Guardian Fiction Award, the Winifred Holtby Memorial Prize, and the Italian Premio Grinzane Cavour; Out of This World; Ever After, which won the French Prix du Meilleur Livre Étranger; Last Orders, which was awarded the Booker Prize; and, most recently, The Light of Day. He is also the author of Learning to Swim, a collection of short stories. His work has been translated into more than thirty languages.
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1. Tomorrow begins with the line, "You're asleep, my angels, I assume". What is the effect of reading a narrative that is addressed, specifically, to someone else? Why might Graham Swift have chosen this narrative structure? How would the effect of the novel be different if it were addressed to a different audience?
“A writer of great range, vigor and acuity. . . . Evokes perfectly the circularities of a sleepless night.”
—The New York Times Book Review
“An honest, sometimes funny, sometimes snort-aloud-true, tale of a woman's love for her family.”
—The Hartford Courant
“The circular way Paula unwinds her story-less chronologically than thematically-told with the warmth of a woman talking to her adored children, is captivating.”
"Swift's]talent shines through in his smooth prose and keen eye for detail.... Tomorrow provides a revealing look at one family's secrets and how they impact many lives, despite one's best efforts to manipulate the outcome."
—Rocky Mountain News