Tomorrow

By Graham Swift
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7.28 Hours 01/01/2006 unabridged
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In his first novel since The Light of Day, this Booker Prize winning–author gives us a new, quietly searing novel about the nature of family and about the combination of fact and story that can be made to form the most essential truths. 1:00 a.m. Paula Hook lies awake next to her husband, Mike; her sixteen-year-old twins, Kate and Nick, are asleep down the hall. When the day begins, she and Mike will share a secret with their children that may change all their lives forever. Paula wants Kate and Nick to know a long hidden truth, a “bed-time story” that will reveal not just the secret but the often unexpected course of the lives—hers and Mike’s, their families’, the twins’—that have been profoundly, if not always knowingly, shaped by it. In an eloquent, emotion-filled narrative of Paula’s life with Mike, she describes both the certain and the surprising ways that having children can mean “reconstructing the world.” In Tomorrow, Graham Swift gives us not only a quietly searing novel about the nature of family but also a dazzling meditation on how little it takes to transform the world.

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Summary

Summary

In his first novel since The Light of Day, this Booker Prize winning–author gives us a new, quietly searing novel about the nature of family and about the combination of fact and story that can be made to form the most essential truths.

1:00 a.m. Paula Hook lies awake next to her husband, Mike; her sixteen-year-old twins, Kate and Nick, are asleep down the hall. When the day begins, she and Mike will share a secret with their children that may change all their lives forever. Paula wants Kate and Nick to know a long hidden truth, a “bed-time story” that will reveal not just the secret but the often unexpected course of the lives—hers and Mike’s, their families’, the twins’—that have been profoundly, if not always knowingly, shaped by it.

In an eloquent, emotion-filled narrative of Paula’s life with Mike, she describes both the certain and the surprising ways that having children can mean “reconstructing the world.” In Tomorrow, Graham Swift gives us not only a quietly searing novel about the nature of family but also a dazzling meditation on how little it takes to transform the world.

Editorial Reviews

Editorial Reviews

“A tour de force...An ingenious piece of fiction.” San Francisco Chronicle
“Very good indeed...[Swift] is a writer of easy subtlety, who specializes in the sidelong illumination of ordinary details.” Independent (London)
“Builds towards the emotional truths of everyday life...Deftly written.” Courier-Journal (Louisville)
“This splended novel...is a ringing affirmation of modern life.” Publishers Weekly
“A richly satisfying novel of blood ties, the interplay of nature and nurture and the secrets that even the closest families keep from each other.” Kirkus Reviews

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Author

Author Bio: Graham Swift

Graham Swift is the author of eight novels, including the Booker Prize–winning Last Orders and Waterland, which won the Guardian Fiction Award. His work has been translated into more than thirty languages. He lives in London.

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Available Formats : Digital Download, Digital Rental, CD, MP3 CD
Category: Fiction
Runtime: 7.28
Audience: Adult
Language: English