The Probable Future

The Probable Future

Book - 2003
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Alice Hoffman's most magical novel to date--three generations of extraordinary women are driven to unite in crisis and discover the rewards of reconciliation and love.

Women of the Sparrow family have unusual gifts. Elinor can detect falsehood. Her daughter, Jenny, can see people's dreams when they sleep. Granddaughter Stella has a mental window on the future--a future that she might not want to see.

In The Probable Future this vivid and intriguing cast of characters confronts a haunting past--and a very current murder--against the evocative backdrop of small-town New England. By turns chilling and enchanting, The Probable Future chronicles the Sparrows's legacy as young Stella struggles to cope with her disturbing clairvoyance. Her potential to ruin or redeem becomes unbearable when one of her premonitions puts her father in jail, wrongly accused of homicide. Yet this ordeal also leads Stella to the grandmother she was forbidden to meet and to a historic family home full of talismans from her ancestors.

Poignant, arresting, unsettling, The Probable Future showcases the lavish literary gifts that have made Alice Hoffman one of America's most treasured writers.

Praise for The Probable Future

"A thrilling adventure of literary alchemy . . . A magical, mystical tour de force of pure entertainment." -- The Seattle Times

"Delicious . . . Hoffman is an unapologetic optimist, and optimism is in short supply these days. It feels like a vacation to curl up with [ The Probable Future ]." -- The New York Times Book Review

"Instantly alluring . . . A mysterious, modern-day fairy tale . . . Hoffman is an amazingly talented writer with a beautiful sense of sentence construction, an intriguing imagination, and the ability to create compelling, complex characters that readers care about." -- Fort Worth Star-Telegram

"Hoffman's ethereal tale of a family of women with supernatural gifts is a magical escape, grounded in the complex relationships between mothers and daughters." -- Marie Claire
Publisher: New York : Doubleday, 2003
Edition: First edition
ISBN: 9780345455918
Branch Call Number: FICTION Hof
Description: 322 pages ; 24 cm


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Three generations of extraordinary women are driven to unite in crisis and discover the rewards of reconciliation and love in a small New England town.

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May 21, 2019

Enjoyed the story - held my attention and I anticipated the ending.

Sep 22, 2015

I loved this book. No gore, no bad language and no sex, but a wonderful story. I would recommend it to everyone.

The novel would appeal more to an adolescent audience. It is an interesting read but there is so much magic and intergenerational baggage caught up in psychic gifts, I would not recommend this to readers looking for the usual Hoffman drama and angst.

Nov 04, 2012

The impression is that you've read or seen something similar somewhere. Nothing new. Much like "The Girl Who Chased the Moon" a novel by Allen Sarah. You can characterize it as reading for youth.

Jun 13, 2012

Great read. I like how the author portrayed the different characters and their development.

Mar 12, 2012

a great novel. loved it!


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Jun 25, 2016

Love ambushed you, it lay in wait, dormant for days or years.


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