The World of Tomorrow is on the September Indie Next Great Reads list—along with new books by Claire Messud, Celeste Ng, Orhan Pamuk, Jesmyn Ward, and 15 other great writers.
long listed for the first novel prize (7/12/17)
The World of Tomorrow is one of 22 debuts included on the long list for the Center for Fiction First Novel Prize.
“I thought a lot about the question of history pursuing you, and what you can leave behind,” he says. “I wanted the book to be full of immigrants and migrants and émigrés and refugees. I wanted to think about the promises that New York makes, that America makes, the promises that it keeps, and the ones that it doesn’t.”
Starred Review in Kirkus (6/6/17)
Kirkus Review calls The World of Tomorrow "an impressive, wide-ranging debut."
The optimism of the faith that the future would be bright and beautiful and that everything would work out sets the tone of the novel. “Everyone in the book is chasing one kind of dream or another, or working to make themselves new,” Mathews says. “The book explores whether it’s possible to ever leave your past behind. There are different answers for each character. The large cast of characters allowed me to have different answers.”
Starred Review in Publishers Weekly (5/15/17)
“Three Irish brothers tumble through New York during an eventful two weeks in June 1939, in Mathews’s masterful debut novel... a remarkably fast and exhilarating read, reminiscent of Michael Chabon’s The Amazing Adventures of Kavalier & Clay... With the wit of a ’30s screwball comedy and the depth of a thoroughly researched historical novel, this one grabs the reader from the beginning to its suspenseful climax.”
starred review in library journal(5/15/17)
“Mathews’s first novel is all you could want...The tension never lets up, and the story is fast and mind-spinningly complicated… There’s suspense, humor, love, of both the doomed and requited varieties… This novel should prove irresistible to anyone wanting a diverting read. It’s quality stuff—and fun.”