More News Tomorrow: A Novel (Hardcover)
A thrilling and richly drawn family drama about a daughter’s quest to understand her mother’s mysterious death.
On the morning of her seventieth birthday, Georgianna Grove receives an unexpected letter that calls her back to Missing Lake, Wisconsin, where her mother was murdered sixty-six years earlier. Georgie’s father had confessed to the murder the next morning and was carted off to a state penitentiary. Haunted by the night that took both her parents away and determined to unearth the truth, Georgie takes her reluctant family on what will become a dangerous canoe trip up the swollen Bone River to return to Missing Lake.
Acclaimed novelist Susan Richards Shreve, celebrated for her “refined explorations of parent-child relationships” (Washington Post), captures the tenor of the times with clarity and elegance as she follows both Georgie and her parents on parallel trips up the Bone River, weaving together the hope of June 2008 with the injustices of June 1941. Georgie must untangle a web of bigotry, loss, and half-forgotten memories to finally understand her parents’ fate.
More News Tomorrow is a stirring and irresistible portrait of a family drawn together in search of truth.
About the Author
Susan Richards Shreve is the author of fifteen novels, a memoir, and thirty books for children. She has received a Guggenheim Fellowship and a National Endowment grant, among other honors. A professor of creative writing at George Mason University and former chairman of the PEN/Faulkner Foundation, Shreve lives in Washington, D.C.
Susan Richards Shreve writes with grace and perspicuity, and, what's more, dares to write about people of all ages as if each is a human being worthy of our attention... [More News Tomorrow is] a well-tuned mandolin of a gothic adventure.
— Bethanne Patrick
A compelling, atmospheric family drama.
In this enormously varied and yet tied-together book, Shreve has written a story of multi-generations—the great mysteries surrounding the things we know and the things we don’t know, and she has done this with a prose that is intriguingly delicate and yet strong at the same time; More News Tomorrow is one of her very best books.
— Elizabeth Strout, Pulitzer Prize-winning author of Olive Kitteridge and Anything Is Possible
In More News Tomorrow, Susan Richards Shreve gives us an unforgettable seventy-year-old heroine, Georgianna Grove, who takes her family and the reader on a journey back in time to solve the murder of her mother. Part mystery, part family drama, More News Tomorrow reveals the hatred of racism, the weight of history and grief, and the enormous generosity and grace of the human heart. I loved this book!
— Ann Hood, best-selling author of The Book That Matters Most
I loved the way More News Tomorrow takes us into an elemental and unpredictable landscape, as it takes the novel of family life into new territory. It’s just superb fiction of great emotional authenticity, always finding the remarkable under what we assume.
— Joan Silber, National Book Critics Circle Award-winning author of Improvement
Susan Shreve is an extraordinary writer, and More News Tomorrow is an extraordinary novel, with a wonderfully captivating heroine and wonderfully mysterious story. I don’t want to say that Shreve won’t do something even more dazzling next, but for the moment, this novel looks like the keystone of a very distinguished career.
— Madison Smartt Bell, author of All Souls’ Rising
Georgianna Grove is to my way of thinking a superhero—if seventy-year-old women were allowed that status. Susan Shreve has created a character who is everything to aspire to, a generous, wise, tolerant, fascinating woman who understands so much, including the fact that her children will experience freedom when she dies. I loved reading about her life and times, and her journey.
— Jane Hamilton, author of The Excellent Lombards
Shreve creates a spooky atmosphere with stormy weather, eerie parallels between past and present, and at least one threateningly crazy woman. Even spookier is the backdrop of 20th-century racism, anti-Semitism, and anti-immigration feeling that are all too familiar today.
With a keen sense of place and pacing, Shreve weaves a subtle and unrelenting pattern of malevolence in this portrait of a woman burdened by the sins of her father and sustained by her unshakable belief in his innocence.