This Time Tomorrow: A Novel by Emma Straub


The New York Times–bestselling author of The Vacationers and All Adults Here combines her trademark charm and wit with a moving father-daughter story and a playful twist on the idea of time travel.

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Our Bookseller says:

“Time travel lit-fic can be hit or miss. Emma Straub’s THIS TIME TOMORROW is a hit. Poignancy is typically not an adjective associated with time-travel stories — I’m used to the goofiness of “Bill and Ted’s Excellent Adventure” or the overly saccharine “The Lake House.” But THIS TIME TOMORROW is a brilliant blend of “About Time” and “13 Going on 30.” It takes the time travel trope and makes it something different; it’s not a novel about trying to fix mistakes or save the world. It’s just a story about a middle-aged woman (and her teenage self) trying to figure out what her life might look like tomorrow. And more than anything else, this is a book about a father and daughter, and the question of what we would change about our lives and ourselves if we were given the choice.”


What if you could take a vacation to your past?

On the eve of her fortieth 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, and her independence, and she adores her lifelong best friend. But something is missing. Her father, the single parent who raised her, is ailing and out of reach. How did they get here so fast? Did she take too much for granted along the way?

When Alice wakes up the next morning somehow back in 1996, it isn’t her sixteen-year-old body that is the biggest shock, or the possibility of romance with her adolescent crush. It’s her dad: the vital, charming, forty-nine-year-old version of her father with whom she is reunited. Now armed with a new perspective on her own life and his, is there anything that she should do differently this time around? What would she change, given the chance?

With her celebrated humor, insight, and heart, Emma Straub cleverly turns all the traditional time travel tropes on their head and delivers a different kind of love story—about the lifelong, reverberating relationship between a parent and child.

This Time Tomorrow: A Novel by Emma Straub