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2 out of 52 out of 52 out of 52 out of 52 out of 5 2.00 (527 ratings) (rate this audio book) Author: Graham Swift Narrator: Kate Reading Publisher: Blackstone Audio Format: Unabridged Audiobook Delivery: Instant Download Audio Length: Release Date: January 2007 ISBN: 9781455188185
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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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Quotes & Awards

  • “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

Listener Opinions

  • 1 out of 51 out of 51 out of 51 out of 51 out of 5 Jojo | 2/19/2014

    " This was a very boring book with a very shallow plot. At the end my opinion was "so what?" "

  • 2 out of 52 out of 52 out of 52 out of 52 out of 5 Anna | 2/11/2014

    " This book was very disappointing. After I finished I went and read some of the reviews on here and they all pretty much say exactly how I felt about it. The premise is fantastic and there is is this big build up to the "secret" and then it is such a let down. I love the idea of the mother writing a letter to her children the night before they reveal a life changing secret. However this was done so poorly especially given that the secret had to do with infertility. The mother frequently focused on the fact that their father and grandparents were not "true" relatives, as if that matters in real life! A parent is the one who raises you and loves you and cares for you, that does not necessarily have anything to do with blood. Her entire perspective was ridiculous and unrealistic and I would imagine offensive to those who have actually gone through this battle. Additionally, there is a great deal of focus on the sex life between the parents, which a parent would never put in a letter to their children, nor would a child be interested in those intimate details. A shame that with all of the potential it was a bust. "

  • 1 out of 51 out of 51 out of 51 out of 51 out of 5 Meghan | 2/10/2014

    " This book could not end soon enough for me. In fact, I don't think I finished it. "

  • 2 out of 52 out of 52 out of 52 out of 52 out of 5 Megan | 2/2/2014

    " The narrator and her husband have kept a secret from their children. I may have missed the point, not being a parent myself, but while the secret is important, I think she's being a bit of a drama queen. Some fun flashbacks about life in college during the sixties "

  • 1 out of 51 out of 51 out of 51 out of 51 out of 5 Jwolfe5 | 1/27/2014

    " picked up randomly from library (liked the cover and the jacket led me to believe it was going to be good). a long story about nothing! one night in a womans life worrying about telling her 16 yr olds that their dad, who is a great guy isn't really their dad. they were artificially inseminated by someone random and have a kept it a secret. The Englsih make way too big of a deal about nothing! Why did I spend 5 days on it??? "

  • 1 out of 51 out of 51 out of 51 out of 51 out of 5 Kallie | 1/25/2014

    " If there was a zero stars I would give it to this book. Great reminder that just because a book catches my eye at the library does not mean I should automatically read it. "

  • 3 out of 53 out of 53 out of 53 out of 53 out of 5 Sabrina | 1/17/2014

    " That few men can write a credible narrative/journal from a female point of view. "

  • 3 out of 53 out of 53 out of 53 out of 53 out of 5 Lekshmy | 1/11/2014

    " This book was ok!!! But beautifully pictographs mother s thoughts!! "

  • 1 out of 51 out of 51 out of 51 out of 51 out of 5 Betty | 1/3/2014

    " Dit viel me erg tegen. Een lange monoloog : een moeder die haar 16-jarige tweeling iets wil onthullen/bekennen. Een mijmering die al snel gaat vervelen.... "

  • 1 out of 51 out of 51 out of 51 out of 51 out of 5 Joanne | 12/31/2013

    " I have read a couple of Graham Swift novels before - Waterland & Last Orders - and really enjoyed them, but I couldn't even finish this one. I actually found myself saying "blah blah blah" in my head. The narrator was so boring and kept going on and on about the same things. Very disappointing. "

  • 1 out of 51 out of 51 out of 51 out of 51 out of 5 Benjamin | 12/10/2013

    " It ws bound to happen. Swift is one of my favorite authors, but this was his first disappointing book. The narrator was inconsistent and at the end, I felt duped, not enlightened. Nothing much memorable about this one. "

  • 2 out of 52 out of 52 out of 52 out of 52 out of 5 Maggie Sweeney | 12/8/2013

    " If you loved waterland, don't read this book. It will ruin Swift for you. "

  • 4 out of 54 out of 54 out of 54 out of 54 out of 5 Nicole DM | 11/21/2013

    " A good book about loss and how we face it. "

  • 1 out of 51 out of 51 out of 51 out of 51 out of 5 Leanne Ellis | 11/14/2013

    " I haven't disliked a book this much in years. The voice was too rambling and annoying, the "hook" of what she is going to tell her kids tomorrow is thrown in your face way too many times, and I ended up skim-reading it. A shame. The premise seemed so good. "

  • 2 out of 52 out of 52 out of 52 out of 52 out of 5 Nickie | 10/25/2013

    " Far too slow-paced for my taste. There are not many characters in the book and we don't even get to know anything much about the personality of the 2 youngsters. Disappointing. "

  • 3 out of 53 out of 53 out of 53 out of 53 out of 5 Julie | 1/17/2013

    " While this book represented a fascinating feat of imagination on the author's part and was beautifully written, I can't really recommend this book. "

  • 3 out of 53 out of 53 out of 53 out of 53 out of 5 Jodi | 10/1/2012

    " Good book. The big secret as to what "tomorrow" was actually going to be all about kept me turning the pages ... "

  • 2 out of 52 out of 52 out of 52 out of 52 out of 5 Deb Gascoyne | 6/10/2012

    " This was a tad unbelievable as a storyline....nit sure you would ever talk to your children in a letter like this suggests. But that said, I did have to finish it in case something interesting came out of it...... "

  • 3 out of 53 out of 53 out of 53 out of 53 out of 5 Adele | 4/25/2011

    " I kept waiting for a bigger relevation than the one that was eventually revealed, but the book was a short, lovely mediation on family and love. "

  • 2 out of 52 out of 52 out of 52 out of 52 out of 5 John | 1/9/2011

    " Only skimmed the final 20% of the book. By then I had given up caring what she was waiting to tell the kids. "

  • 2 out of 52 out of 52 out of 52 out of 52 out of 5 Kristi | 7/10/2010

    " Just... get... to... the...point! Ugh! Okay story, but it's written the night before the great secret is unveiled. And it goes in circles & turns & twists ad nauseum. Finally you get to tomorrow & find out the big secret - and you're left with "That's it?" Disappointing. "

  • 1 out of 51 out of 51 out of 51 out of 51 out of 5 Jennifer | 6/11/2010

    " I will never get back the time I wasted on this book. "

  • 4 out of 54 out of 54 out of 54 out of 54 out of 5 Jin | 2/20/2010

    " Swift's writing reminds me of Ishiguro's in that it's extremely lyrical and absolutely beautiful. It's clean and simply, yet packs a wallop of meaning. I can't wait to read more of his stuff. "

  • 2 out of 52 out of 52 out of 52 out of 52 out of 5 Dana | 2/10/2010

    " Beautiful writing, but the story becomes tedious after a while. "

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About the Author
Author 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.

About the Narrator

Kate Reading is an Audie Award–winning narrator and has received numerous Earphones Awards from AudioFile magazine. She is also a theater actor in the Washington, DC, area and has been a member of the Woolly Mammoth Theatre Company since 1987. Her work onstage has been recognized by the Helen Hayes Awards Society, among others. She and her husband live in Hyattsville, Maryland, with their two children.