Tomorrow Comes by Donna Mebane is unlike any novels that I have read before. It is based on Donna’s personal experience and reflections of the death of her 19 yr old daughter Emma.
In her debut novel, Donna shares what it was like for the family when Emily Mebane, a well-liked popular teenager, suddenly died in her sleep. The bright spark in her life was suddenly snuffed out and Donna’s world crumbles to pieces as she struggled to deal with this grave loss.
Wrote with the perception of what it must be for Emma living in the afterlife, Donna brings the reader through the transitional period that she and her family had to go through coping with grieving and changes after Emma’s death.
In this book about Emma, Donna brings the readers through the actual facts of the event which happened back in 2011 when Emma died and mixes it up with fiction when she mentions about Emma’s after life.
Donna comes to term with her own grief through penning down what she things her daughter is experiencing in the afterlife. She talks about how Emma is reunited with her grandparents and great grandparents who help in her transition in living in this new “life” of hers.
Over on the other side Emma is still able to keep in touch with her BEFORE life through reading the messages left on her Facebook wall. She still lives in the town which nearly identical to the one she lived in Geneva The differences are that food is free , people can magically pop up unexpectedly and disappear.
The dead have the capability of morphing into other creatures depending on the circumstances they are in and Emma is constantly learning more about her “magical” abilities day by day.
I found it interesting that Donna conceives the afterlife as a place which is very similar to the world that we live in. The places and towns are the same just that the people “living” in it are different.
One can still go on living and doing the things that they were doing before they were dead so there is practically not much difference between the two lives.
It would be nice to have the familiarity of our previous life in our after life however no one can be certain about it.
One thing that I disagree with Donna portrayal is that GOD is not existent even in church in the afterlife. I find this perception disturbing as a Christian I belief that I will be able to see GOD in the afterlife and what better place to feel his presence then in church itself?
I also do not get the part about how long dead singers like Elvis can suddenly pop up and perform in the basement of a close door and by invitation only party. I find this concept really confusing.
In all I find that it is a really touching story on how one deals with moving on after the passing of a love one. It was certainly great how the family has bonded together honoring the memories of Emma.
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