Tomorrow Will Be Better

November 28, 2020
Tomorrow Will Be Better

From Betty Smith, author of the beloved classic ATree Grows in Brooklyn, comes a poignant story of love,marriage, poverty, and hope set in the Williamsburg and Bushwicksections of 1920s Brooklyn.Tomorrow Will Be Better tells the story of MargyShannon, a shy but joyfully optimistic young woman just out ofschool who lives with her parents and witnesses how a lifetime ofhard work, poverty, and pain has worn them down. Her mother'sresentment toward being a housewife and her father's inability toexpress his emotions result in a tense home life where Margy has novoice. Unable to speak up against her overbearing mother, Margytakes refuge in her dreams of a better life.Her goals are simple—to find a husband, have children, and livein a nice home—one where her children will never know the terror ofwant or the need to hide from quarreling parents. When she meetsFrankie Malone, she thinks her dreams might be fulfilled at last,but a devastating loss rattles her to her core and challenges herlife-long optimism. As she struggles to come to terms with theunexpected path her life has taken, Margy must decide whether toaccept things as they are or move firmly in the direction of whatshe truly wants.Rich with the flavor of its Brooklyn background, and filled withthe joys and heartbreak of family life, Tomorrow Will BeBetter is told with a simplicity, tenderness, and warmheartedhumor that only Betty Smith could write.