• This Time Tomorrow

  • A Novel
  • By: Emma Straub
  • Narrated by: Marin Ireland
  • Length: 8 hrs and 31 mins
  • 4.4 out of 5 stars (1,657 ratings)

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Publisher's Summary

#1 NATIONAL BESTSELLER

“The pages brim with tenderness and an appreciation for what we had and who we were. I could not have loved it more."—Ann Patchett

“The kind of book that will make you laugh, make you cry, and make you call the people you love. Exceptional."—Emily Henry

"Delightful"—Boston Globe

"Poignant"—New York Times

What if you could take a vacation to your past?

With her celebrated humor, insight, and heart, beloved New York Times bestseller Emma Straub offers her own twist on traditional time travel tropes, and a different kind of love story.            

On the eve of her 40th birthday, Alice’s life isn’t terrible. She likes her job, even if it isn’t exactly the one she expected. She’s happy with her apartment, her romantic status, her independence, and she adores her lifelong best friend. But her father is ailing, and it feels to her as if something is missing. When she wakes up the next morning she finds herself back in 1996, reliving her 16th birthday. But it isn’t just her adolescent body that shocks her, or seeing her high school crush, it’s her dad:  the vital, charming, 40-something version of her father with whom she is reunited. Now armed with a new perspective on her own life and his, some past events take on new meaning. Is there anything that she would change if she could?

©2022 Emma Straub (P)2022 Penguin Audio

Critic Reviews

"Marin Ireland offers an adroit and heartfelt performance of Emma Straub's clever new novel, which repurposes the time-travel trope to explore what makes life meaningful.... Add her gifts for characterization and mimicry, which channel teenagers and adults to marvelous effect, and you have addictive listening." (AudioFile)

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Loved!

I love Marin Ireland and purchased this listen primarily because of her. This was my first Emma Straub novel. I loved it!

It could be that I’m 1980s baby and her description of her 16 yr old self seemed all too familiar. It was a great read. Made me reflect on my own parents and what I know (or don’t know) about their lives before being parents. And what I might change if I could about my past to create an alternate ending.

Loved and already recommended to my friends.

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poignant, funny, charming pretty much throughout.

I usually don't like every voice the narrator uses, but this time it seemed to really fit. At one point I wasn't sure I was going to like where the story was headed, but it resolved itself within a chapter or so. Things don't have to end happily for me to enjoy a story, but they have to make sense. this made sense, at least to me.
I definitely recommend this book.

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Excellent

This novel was excellent—it moved me in all the right ways. Straub’s prose is witty, smart, and the narration was excellent.

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Introspective—needs hope

As far as time travel tropes go, this is more Groundhog Day than Quantum Leap or Back to the Future. It is very introspective, with more interior dialogue and interior conflict than anything else. Existentialism, post-modern kind.

As a Christian, I found the message bleak—usually books like this with an absence of Jesus feel this way: Lack of faith turning into lack of hope turning into lack of purpose so the protagonist grapples to find it and to be satisfied with the vague, unconfirmed hope that love lives on—love void of God.

I understand some will disagree but I’m writing this review for other Christians like me who are also avid readers, who also love literature.

To the point: This is a relatively good book…compared to most contemporary fiction that is. Its character arch is quiet, subtle, but well developed enough. It’s a worthwhile read when not needing a lot of action or conflict.

But I miss books like Kite Runner or To Kill a Mockingbird or anything else that has more soul. I don’t know why I think of those two books first compared to this—this story is entirely different. I guess it’s best compared to Time Traveler’s Wife in terms of genre and general overall mood and tone—and subtext of futility. Or maybe because the messages of TKAM and KR were not of futility—without time traveling those two novels impart the idea that we can have a positive impact on people and the world around us for the sake of something bigger, whereas This Time Tomorrow conveys a theme of how hapless we are if we try to make an impact, that we’re just tourists through life rather than meaningful participants.

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Loved this book and tha amazing performance

Beautiful tribute to a single father and a creative way to explore grief. Emma Straub wrote the most loving tribute to her father who I am also a fan of as a Gen Xer who read his books in the 80s as a teen. Highly recommend this audio performance, too.

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So much to think about

The writing is so good. I felt like I was invisibly standing next to the main character through the entire book, feeling all she was feeling. I tried so hard to guess what was coming next, but never guessed. When it ended, I sat and thought about it for quite awhile. I won’t ever forget this book. Excellent message. Excellent story. It felt so possible.

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It's a Nothing Burger

We were really looking forward to this book, especially after reading all the glowing reviews.
We kept waiting for something to happen, and waiting, waiting. We love time travel books
that take you somewhere for a new adventure. In this one it was just do, repeat and do again.

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Rambled

Story started out good, but got redundant. I like long books, and was hesitant to purchase this one, because it was on the short side. However… I wish it had ended LONG before it finally came to a conclusion. I make it a rule to try to complete all books I begin, and try not to see how much time is left. This one had me wishing the time would tick away faster. The climax came very early, while the conclusion of the book was the last two-thirds.

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Gave it a chance

Gave it a chance and it’s Just Not my cup of tea. Was waiting for the “wow” factor that never came.

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One of my favorites

This Time Tomorrow by Emma Straub is such a great time traveling adventure! If you have wished to travel back in time to speak with a loved one this book would be the one for you.

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