Is This Tomorrow
by Caroline Leavitt
Genre: Women's Fiction
Synopsis: 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 opportunity to further ostracize Ava and her son. Lewis never recovers from the disappearance of his childhood friend. By the time he reaches his twenties, he's living a directionless life, a failure in love, estranged from his mother. Rose is now a schoolteacher in another city, watching over children as she was never able to watch over her own brother. Ava is building a new life for herself in a new decade. When the mystery of Jimmy's disappearance is unexpectedly solved, all three must try to reclaim what they have lost.
Review: I liked this book in the beginning. I put it down after a while and picked up another book and then had a hard time getting back into this book. There wasn't enough plot to this story to make it that interesting. What you read in the synopsis is about all that happens in the book and the synopsis makes it sounds like there is a great mystery but there really isn't. After Lewis and Rose get older the book has even less action than the beginning. Things that happen seem to fall into place a little too neatly. Characters reappear and yet there seems to be no need for them to come back. The story becomes a little too contrived for me at the end.
Rating: 2 stars