Book Review: Tomorrow and Tomorrow and Tomorrow by Gabrielle Zevin

Looking for your next read? Check out Tomorrow and Tomorrow and Tomorrow by Gabrielle Zevin, reviewed by Fulco Library staff, Mary I.

Sam and Sadie meet in a children’s hospital. Both there for a different reason, Sadie’s sick sister and Sam’s severely injured foot, they discover each other’s love for video games. It’s 1984 and Sam teaches Sadie how to land Mario at the top of the flagpole for the first time. Years later in a Boston T station in front of a magic eye poster that Sam just cannot see, the two meet again. One attends Harvard, the other MIT, and both are still gaming. But now it is the creation of games that draws them back together. A partnership evolves that propels both to fame and fortune, and their friendship feels strong and full of a real love for one another.

But as so often happens, fame and fortune take their toll on both the partnership and the friendship. Spanning a total of 30 years, the story brings in other collaborators, other lovers, tragedy, trauma, and rebirth. And on the other side there is still the game. Still the need to play and connect with one another, the intersection of art and work. The title Tomorrow and Tomorrow and Tomorrow is taken from a line from Shakespeare’s Macbeth, but when placed into the world of gamers it is a reference to possibilities. There is always another game, another life to play when this one runs out of hearts, another tomorrow to make a different choice. Or to stay with the one that chose you.

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