Author(s): Graham Swift
On a midsummer's night Paula lies awake, Mike, her husband of twenty-five years asleep beside her, her two teenage children, Nick and Kate, sleeping in nearby rooms. The next day, she knows, will redefine all their lives. Recalling the years before and after her children were born, she begins a story which is both a glowing celebration of love possessed and a moving acknowledgement of the fear of loss, of the fragilities, illusions and secrets on which even our most intimate sense of who we are can rest. It is the year 1995. A revelation lies in store. Her children's future lies before them. The house holds a family's history and fate. As a millennium draws to its close, and as day draws nearer, Paula's intensely personal thoughts touch on all our tomorrows. Brilliantly distilling half a century into one suspenseful night, as tender in its tone as it is deep in its soundings, "Tomorrow" is a magical exploration of coupledom, parenthood and selfhood, and a unique meditation on the mystery of happiness.