THE INSTANT NEW YORK TIMES BESTSELLER
A fiendishly clever, nostalgic, and tender novel about adolescence and middle age, expectation and anticipation, and how we must cherish what we have while there is still time . . .
'Will make you laugh, cry, and call the people you love. Exceptional' EMILY HENRY
'Her most emotionally resonant work yet' VOGUE
'Has the makings of a dreamy, witty, contemporary classic' EVENING STANDARD
'I just finished and I'm crying at its message and its honestly and its utter beauty' JODI PICOULT
'A tender, witty David Nicholls-esque tale of familial love' i
'A tender tale of time travel. Straub strips back the layers to reveal what's important' STYLIST, 'BOOK OF THE WEEK'
If you could go back, would you do things differently?
Alice Stern isn't ready to turn forty. She thought she'd have more time to figure it all out. Above all, she thought she'd have more time with her father, Leonard - but he's lying in a hospital bed and Alice isn't sure if she'll hear his voice again.
When she falls asleep outside their old apartment on the night before her birthday, she's surprised to be greeted the next morning by a much younger Leonard, with a sixteenth birthday card for a teenage Alice who, far from clinging to her youth, is hurtling towards adulthood . . .
Alice soon discovers how she got back here, to 1996 and her sixteenth birthday, and realises she can keep on coming, whenever she chooses.
But faced each time with different versions of her life, and the consequences of her decisions, it's on her not to lose sight of what she wants most . . .
With her celebrated humour, insight, and heart, Emma Straub cleverly turns all the traditional time travel tropes on their head and delivers a different kind of love story - about the lifelong, reverberating relationship between a parent and child.
'An excellent time-travelling novel about adolescence and second chances from the always brilliant Emma Straub' METRO
'Clever, complex and really rather lovely' BEST
'Magical, heart-warming and insightful . . . Warm, wryly funny and melancholic' DAILY EXPRESS
'This time-travelling take on a hypothetical return to 1996 and the protagonist's 16th birthday will be enough to remind you to cherish what you have' ELLE
'Full of deftly managed plot twists, it's both fun and poignant' MAIL ON SUNDAY
'Literary sunshine' New York Times on All Adults Here
'A gorgeous and witty storyteller' Liane Moriarty
'A master of the domestic ensemble drama' Time
APPLE BOOKS REVIEW
What would you change if you could transport yourself back to your 16th birthday on the day you turn 40? That’s the question at the heart of Emma Straub’s sweet 2022 novel This Time Tomorrow. It introduces us to Alice Stern, a woman working in the admissions office of elite Upper West Side school Belvedere, where she was once a student. At 39, Alice hasn’t quite had the career she once hoped for, nor has she found a partner or had children (but she’s kind of OK with that). She’s also dealing with the terminal illness of her author father Leonard, her North Star who she totally cherishes. Then, she hits 40, and everything changes: after celebrating in a bar alone, she somehow slips through time, waking up in the ’90s on the morning of her 16th birthday. Her father is still fit and healthy—and the boy she loved back then, Tommy, has just walked back into her life. So she begins to wonder: what if she could change that day and alter her future? More importantly, might her trip back into the past hold the keys to saving her father in the present day? What unfolds is unexpected and moving, a beautiful portrait of a father-daughter relationship which explores grief, regret and the tiny decisions that can end up shaping an entire life. Also laced with the author’s boundless love of New York, This Time Tomorrow is a genuine treat that you’ll want to both speed through and savour.
Straub (All Adults Here) offers a delightful take on time travel involving a woman and her famous father. As it opens, Alice Stern, a week shy of 40, is visiting her gravely ill father, Leonard, author of a bestselling time-travel novel, in the hospital. Her parents divorced when she was six, and she has remained extremely close to her father ever since. She lives alone in the Brooklyn apartment she's had since she was 25, dates a guy named Matt, and works in the admissions office at the prestigious high school she attended. When she hears about former classmate Tommy Joffey's son applying to the school, she remembers how they were close until he had sex with another girl at Alice's 16th birthday party. Then Matt proposes, and she breaks up with him. After a big night of drinks on her birthday, she sleeps in the guardhouse on her father's property. When she wakes up, it's her 16th birthday in 1996. As a 40-year-old presenting as a teen, she sets out to reverse her father's fate as well as change what happens with Tommy. She also learns Leonard can time-travel, too, a twist that Straub skillfully exploits without letting things get confusing, and which enriches the impact of love and loss on the characters. Readers will be captivated. Agent: Claudia Ballard, WME. Correction: An earlier version of this review misstated where the character Matt worked.