BOOK STEW REVIEW: ‘This Time Tomorrow’ by Emma Straub

Below is the latest Book Stew Review from Eileen MacDougall, host of the long-running Book Stew, a video and podcast devoted to writing in all forms, authors, playwrights, and even a cat who survived a tornado and wrote a book about it.

This Time Tomorrow by Emma Straub

This one grew on me, mostly because of the witty and quotable writing, despite the well-worn time travel concept.

Alice is single, just turned 40, and frozen in amber as an admissions counselor at her old snooty private school in Manhattan. When she visits her dying father in a charming 1921 landmark neighborhood, Pomander Walk, and is locked out, she sleeps in the gatehouse and awakens 24 hours earlier, on her 16th birthday.

Ironically enough, her father Leonard is the author of an incredibly popular series of YA novels called “Time Brothers.” What happens to Alice is Back to the Future + Groundhog Day + Peggy Sue Got Married, but Alice’s father, best friend, and ex-boyfriend all play critical roles in the timing of her return trips.

The novel is worth one visit, but mostly for Straub’s skill with language, which is the novel’s exceptional aspect.

Quotes: “It was like being raised bilingual, only one of the languages was money.”

“She felt like she was an impostor, like she was wearing a costume made with her own face.”

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