Growing up in the 1950s, Lewis Lark hasn’t had the easiest life. His mother, Ava, raises him by herself after his father abandons them. Many people in the neighborhood shun Lewis and Ava, because Ava is a single mother, and they believe that Ava has too many boyfriends. The only two people that pay any attention to them are Rose and Jimmy Rearson. Rose and Jimmy are Lewis’s best friends, and they both idolize Ava.
Suddenly, Jimmy goes missing, and Ava is the last one to see him. Rose and Lewis do everything they can think of to find him. Rose moves away, and Lewis and Ava become estranged as the years go by. Rose dwells on Jimmy’s disappearance, and can’t move on. Just as suddenly, what happened to Jimmy is revealed. After the discovery, the three that remain try to get back what was lost.
I really enjoyed this book. The feelings that came across inIs This Tomorrow are believable and heartbreaking. Leavitt does an excellent job of drawing the reader in. I didn’t want to put the book down.
If you liked this book, you might also like Songs for the Missing by Stewart O’Nan.