May 17, 20227:45 AM ET
By Heller McAlpin, May 17, 2022, 7:45 AM ET
Emma Straub’s fifth novel is an entertaining charmer that unleashes the magic of time travel to sweeten its exploration of potentially heavy themes like mortality, the march of time, and how little decisions can alter your life.
In This Time Tomorrow, Alice Stern, faced with the imminent death of her beloved 73-year-old father, confronts her own stasis, stuck for years in the same tiny studio apartment and the same job in the admissions department of the Upper West Side Manhattan private school she attended decades earlier.
When, after a night of too many drinks celebrating her 40th birthday, she wakes up back in her childhood bedroom on the morning of her not-entirely-sweet 16th, she wonders if, by tweaking the day, she can change the way her life and her father’s have played out.