Unfolding as a beautifully quiet, interior monologue, Graham Swift’s Tomorrow follows Paula, a woman coming to terms with a decision she made years ago – one that has ruled her life as “her secret”. We have all sat up during those quiet pre-dawn mornings wondering what tomorrow will bring (and yes that saying is where the title came from). The point of this book is not that there is a secret to be revealed, but that it is Paula who has a secret and it is her secret.
Not all secrets are of the “I killed my dad and married my mother” world-changing variety. Ordinary, boring people have secrets. Every secret is important to the person who keeps that secret, whether they bite their toenails, or truly love Elvis and can’t get enough. It is part of the human condition to withhold secrets. The secret holder frets that “if the world only knew, they would think differently of me” and that is what keeps Paula up on this one night. Her secret is what has ruled her life for sixteen years, and why her husband can continue to sleep through the night unbothered. Intrigued yet?
This will be the sleeper on the fall list, perfect for those reading groups who like to share their intimate secrets (to the embarrassment of others).