Tomorrow: A Novel
A winter’s night, Venice, 1815. A 217-year-old dog is searching for his lost master.
So begins the journey of Tomorrow, a dog who must travel through the courts and battlefields of Europe—and through the centuries—in search of the man who granted him immortality. His adventures take him to the London Frost Fair, the strange court of King Charles I, the wars of the Spanish succession, Versailles, the golden age of Amsterdam and to nineteenth-century Venice.
His is a story of loyalty and determination, as Tomorrow befriends both animals and humans, falls in love (only once), marvels at the human ability to make music, despairs at their capacity for war and gains insight into both the strength and frailties of the human spirit. But Tomorrow’s journey is also a race against time. Danger stalks his path, and in the shadows lurks an old enemy. Tomorrow must find his master before their pursuer can reach him and his master disappears forever.
A spellbinding story of hope in the face of despair, Tomorrow draws us into a century-spanning tale of humanity and the unbreakable bond between two souls. After all, what is lost can surely be found…
“A grand sweep of adventure and travel, war and romance — along with a generous amount of face licking — that will have dog lovers enthralled. … Tomorrow offers a rich exploration of love, life and loyalty, in a world whose sensory atmosphere is irresistible.” —NPR
“A tale of love and unbreakable bonds.” —New York Post
“Celebrating the strength of human and animal ties, this compelling and satisfying novel is similar in spirit to Bruce Cameron’s A Dog’s Purpose and A Dog’s Journey. But fans of time travel fiction such as Diana Gabaldon’s “Outlander” books will also enjoy this work’s descriptive cultural and historical detail.” —Library Journal (Starred Review)
“Ornate, vivid, deeply coloured, and so precise I could smell and taste the world …. the story of a dog who will wait for the man he loves is moving and tender. I was captivated by its charm from the beginning.” —Rachel Joyce, author of The Unlikely Pilgrimage of Harold Fry
“The memoir-like story is beautifully rich in perseverance, love, the sweetness of life, and memorable, evocative scents.” —Kirkus Reviews
“The writing is filled with sensory descriptions, and the smells and sights of the evolving world are beautifully rendered by the diligent canine narrator. Humanity’s foibles and failings are on full display, as well as the more heartfelt and loving moments between people and their dogs. This reads like a memoir but includes a touch of magic that makes the dog’s journey back to his master feel both ephemeral and timeless. For fans of historical fiction or animal tales, Dibben’s soulful debut is a charmer.” —Booklist
“With a hint of Mary Shelley’s Frankenstein and a dash of W. Bruce Cameron’s A Dog’s Purpose, Tomorrow confronts big questions about life’s purpose and celebrates life’s pleasures.” —BookPage
“Tomorrow is a richly imagined tale of canine devotion, the meaning of faith, and the price of immortality.” —Susan Wilson, author of One Good Dog
“With a beautiful voice worthy of its epic scope, Tomorrow grabs your attention, makes you think, and forces you to wonder just how powerful love can be.” —Robert Repino, author of Morte
“Tomorrow is a profoundly magical journey into the soul of a dog and the transformative power of love. If you care about animals or humans, Damian Dibben’s novel must be on your to-read list.” —Neil Abramson, author of Unsaid and Just Life
About the Author
Damian Dibben is the creator of the internationally acclaimed children’s book series the History Keepers, translated into twenty-six languages in over forty countries. Previously, he worked as a screenwriter, and actor, on projects as diverse as The Phantom of the Opera and Puss in Boots and Young Indiana Jones. He lives, facing St Paul’s Cathedral, on London’s Southbank with his partner Ali and dog Dudley. Buy Tomorrow: A Novel by