"Tomorrow, and Tomorrow, and Tomorrow follows thirty years in the lives of friends and collaborators who love playing and creating video games. And though I have been called a video game illiterate (truthfully!), it still felt like this was a novel written just for me, the author and I sharing secrets. The story’s perfectly-honed details of place and time filled me with nostalgia (my beloved Harvard station smoothie man!), and I cringed in recognition of the characters’ stubborn fallibility, offering the worst of themselves to those they love the most. I don’t often make broad recommendations—I’m afraid what resonates will be too peculiar, too connected to who I am at a particular moment–and yet there are, of course, works loved by many, sometimes over generations, with infinite shared secrets. It is my hope—my belief—that this is one of those special novels, so beautifully written, so carefully designed, so generous in its ideas and themes, that you, too, will feel like it was written just for you."
In this exhilarating novel by the best-selling author of The Storied Life of A. J. Fikry two friends—often in love, but never lovers—come together as creative partners in the world of video game design, where success brings them fame, joy, tragedy, duplicity, and, ultimately, a kind of immortality.
"This sweeping, gorgeously written novel … charts the beauty, tenacity, and fragility of human love and creativity…. One of the best books I've ever read." —John Green
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.