We are pulling this out of the run of the mill novels because we feel it should not be sidetracked as ""another novel of the soil"". As a first novel, it deserves high praise; as a vigorous, simple poignant bit of Americana, it stands up against such novels as Time Out of Hind, As The Earth Turns, State Fair, etc. As Iowa background, with no sentimental trimmings for the back to the land cult, none the less the story unfolds as a saga of one man's love of his land, a love not consciously inborn, but growing out of toil and pain and sacrifice. In adolescence, Joe had cherished the hope of a tomorrow which would bring him freedom from the thrall of the land; in young manhood, he saw fulfillment in his eldest son; in old age, he seizes again upon the right to the land, for his newly born grandson. ""Always Tomorrow"" -- but with none of the futility the title might suggest. The characters are real; the life drawn from experience.