Tomorrow, and Tomorrow, and Tomorrow
Two kids meet in a hospital in 1987. One is visiting her sister, the other is recovering from a car crash. The days and months are long there, but playing together brings joy, escape, fierce competition -- and a special friendship. Then all too soon that time is over, and they must return to their normal lives. When the pair spot each other eight years later in a crowded train station, they are catapulted back to that moment. The spark is immediate, and together they get to work on what they love - creating virtual worlds to delight, challenge and immerse, finding an intimacy in the digital realm that eludes them in their real lives. Their collaborations make them superstars.
Reviewed on 27th November 2022
This was a great genre-defying novel which I picked up purely after seeing it on a table in the bookshop. I’m not sure what I was expecting - possibly something aimed at a younger audience based on the cover - but it’s not that.
This is essentially a romance - but a complex, modern, neuro-atypical romance between friends and colleagues, which feels incredibly realistic and relatable.
Zevin carefully builds up her characters and world, following them from their late teens, gradually revealing their formative years and letting the audience begin to understand what makes them tick.
The setting is perfect for me to relate to, being around geeky popular culture and software development, and this definitely helped draw me in. I did find however that the book to me some time to get through - there’s a lot to take in emotionally, and I don’t feel that lends itself to consuming large portions in short timeframes.
Really good, and I’ll definitely be looking out for more opportunities to explore Zevin’s works.