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A fiendishly clever, nostalgic and tender novel about adolescence and middle age, expectation and anticipation and how we must cherish what we have while there is still time....

If you could go back, would you do things differently?

Alice Stern isn't ready to turn 40. She thought she'd have more time to figure it all out. Above all, she thought she'd have more time with her father, Leonard Stern, an eccentric novelist—but he's lying in a hospital bed and Alice isn't sure if she'll hear his voice again.

When she falls asleep outside their old apartment on the night before her birthday, she's surprised to be greeted the next morning by a much younger Leonard, with a 16th birthday card for a teenage Alice who, far from clinging to her youth, is hurtling towards adulthood....

Alice soon discovers how she got back here, to 1996 and her 16th birthday, and realises she can keep on coming, whenever she chooses. But faced each time with different versions of her life, and the consequences of her decisions, it's on her not to lose sight of what she wants most: some time back with Leonard....

With her celebrated humour, 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.

©2022 Emma Straub (P)2022 Penguin Audio

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"I just finished This Time Tomorrow and I'm crying at its message and its honestly and its utter beauty. And now I have to go call my mom." (Jodi Picoult)

"A gorgeous and witty storyteller." (Liane Moriarty)

"A master of the domestic ensemble drama." (Time)

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One of the most beautiful story

Thank you for this great book which allows me to reflect on our life path and what we want in life.

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Wise, witty, wonderful

I have tears writing this, so moved by this book, the ending especially. The premise is beyond the usual time travel trope; so full of wisdom and humour and insight. This book has the potential to heal many important family wounds.