Leavitt applied the Page 69 Test to Is This Tomorrow, her tenth and latest novel, and reported the following:
This is so funny, this page 69 test, because when I chose a portion for my readings, I actually chose pages 66-72.View the trailer for Is This Tomorrow, and learn more about the book and author at Caroline Leavitt's website and blog.
This section is when 12-year-old Jimmy has vanished and the 1950s suburban neighborhood is in chaos. They’re already paranoid about the threat of Communism and a child vanishing disrupts their belief that the suburbs are paradise, that nothing bad can possibly happen in such an environment.
Cops are swarming around, questioning all the neighbors. Ava Lark, Jewish in a Christian neighborhood, divorced at a time when such a thing is pure scandal, a working mother at a time when women’s work was tending house and kids, with more than a few boyfriends and a relationship that seemed a bit too close with Jimmy, is suspect. These pages are about the cop questioning her, and as he does, we learn that he’s more interested in how she’s different from everyone else, than whether or not she has any real information about what really happened that terrible day.
The Page 69 Test: Pictures of You.
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