Tomorrow will be Different :love, loss by Sarah McBride novel
Tomorrow Will Be Different may be the most important book.
I’ll have read this year. This is the one I’ll be pushing—er, gently encouraging—people to read.
McBride’s memoir of coming out as a trans woman and losing her husband is difficult to review as it reads like a few different books. Some chapters read as non-fiction and include many statistics and facts about the trans population in the U.S. as a whole, other chapters are detailed accounts of McBride’s efforts to change Delaware legislation, and others are a personal account of her experiences with coming out and meeting her husband (who was a trans activist and lawyer). Often, the subjects bleed into one another with no page breaks and it is jarring to follow her stream of consciousness from a personal experience to a statistic to a state law, etc. It sometimes feels disorganized rambling, as though McBride couldn’t decide whether she wanted to write an educational tome or a personal narrative.
I skimmed several (long) sections of the book that go into elaborate detail on Delaware legislation and politics – while inherent in McBride’s personal experience, the level of detail is not relevant to the average reader. There are several chapters that could have been edited down to paragraphs and still conveyed her struggles and victories. I would have preferred to read more personal accounts from McBride’s childhood rather than reading such an elaborate and detailed account of every conversation, meeting, and setback that occurred during her admirable efforts to achieve equality in her home state.
May we all have the freedom, acceptance, and bravery to live our truth the way Sarah does every day. Read this book. It might just change your life. I know it changed mine.