And Now Tomorrow is too predictable

Old factory building
Old factory building

And Now Tomorrow is a predictable pot-boiler told by an “old woman” of 28 as she reflects on her youth.

Emily Blair grows up doing what was expected of a Blair of Blairtown, Massachusetts in the early twentieth century. She even falls in love with an employee in her family’s textile mill who is predicted to move into management of the business.

Unpredictably, Emily loses her hearing as the textile industry falls on hard times. A new, attractive doctor in town asks to try an experimental treatment on her. She reluctantly agrees, but doesn’t tell anyone for fear of getting her hopes up.

Meanwhile, Emily’s fiancé has fallen for her sister. He won’t desert Emily, however, because he pities her for her deafness. When experimental treatment begins to restore her hearing, Emily has to decide whether her hearing or her fiancé is more important.

Exactly what you’d expect to happen does happen.

Rachel Field’s characters are as predictable and innocuous as her plot. The real interest in the book is the labor trouble at the family textile plant. They reflect the nation’s economic woes of the mid 1920s as the country hurled headlong toward the stock market crash of ’29.

And Now Tomorrow
Rachel Field
Macmillian, 1942
1942 Bestseller #4
350 pages
My Grade: C
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© 2012 Linda Gorton Aragoni