I’m pleased to be part of the blog tour for Tomorrow and Tomorrow and Tomorrow by Gabreille- historical fiction shortlisted for the Wingate Fiction Prize.
The Wingate Literary Prize was established in 1977 by the late Harold Hyam Wingate. It is now run in association with JW3, the Jewish Community Centre. Now in its 46th year, the annual prize is awarded to the best book, fiction or non-fiction, to translate the idea of Jewishness to the general reader. The winner receives £4,000.
On a bitter-cold day, in the December of his junior year at Harvard, Sam Masur exits a subway car and sees, amid the hordes of people waiting on the platform, Sadie Green. He calls her name. For a moment, she pretends she hasn’t heard him, but then, she turns, and a game begins: a legendary collaboration that will launch them to stardom. These friends, intimates since childhood, borrow money, beg favors, and, before even graduating college, they have created their first blockbuster, Ichigo. Overnight, the world is theirs. Not even twenty-five years old, Sam and Sadie are brilliant, successful, and rich, but these qualities won’t protect them from their own creative ambitions or the betrayals of their hearts.
Spanning thirty years, from Cambridge, Massachusetts, to Venice Beach, California, and lands in between and far beyond, Gabrielle Zevin’s Tomorrow, and Tomorrow, and Tomorrow is a dazzling and intricately imagined novel that examines the multifarious nature of identity, disability, failure, the redemptive possibilities in play, and above all, our need to connect: to be loved and to love. Yes, it is a love story, but it is not one you have read before.
Tomorrow and Tomorrow and Tomorrow by Gabrielle Zevin has been shortlisted for the Wingate Literary Prize and it is easy to see why.
I received a copy of the book for a free and unbiased opinion.
The book explores the complicated relationship between Sadie and Sam over the course of 30 years as well as the history of video games during this time. Sam and Sadie meet up as children, both going through difficult periods- Sam is recovering from a car accident leaving his mother dead and Sadie’s sister is being treated for cancer. They
form a bond over video games but they fall out meeting up when they are both in college and rekindle their friendship while developing a successful video game.
The book captures the complexities of those special friendships- the extreme highs and lows, the falling outs as well as the making up, the knowledge that you can pick up from where you left off even if you haven’t spoken for years.
Both Sadie and Sam have complex lives and backgrounds, the details of which are slowly revealed. Sam as a character was intriguing, a boy who is a survivor, someone you have to admire even if you couldn’t like him.
The book may also appeal to people who enjoy gaming- I learnt a lot about how games were developed in the 80s
References to suicide
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Thanks for the blog tour support x
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