The Probable Future

The Probable Future

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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.



Baker & Taylor
Struggling to cope with her unwanted ability to see the future, Stella is forced to confront her mystical legacy when her father is jailed, wrongly accused of homicide, and Stella joins forces with her long-lost grandmother, a woman who possesses the power to detect lies, and mother, who can see people's dreams, to uncover the truth.

Blackwell North Amer
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 cast of characters confronts a haunting past - and a very current murder against the evocative backdrop of small town New England. The Probable Future chronicles the Sparrows' 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.

Baker
& Taylor

Struggling to cope with her unwanted ability to see the future, Stella must confront her legacy when her father is jailed, wrongly accused of homicide, and Stella joins forces with her grandmother and mother to uncover the truth.

Publisher: New York : Doubleday, 2003
Edition: 1st ed
ISBN: 9780385507608
0385507607
Branch Call Number: F HOF
Characteristics: 322 p. ; 24 cm

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heinrij
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.

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Pisinga
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.

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itsel123
Jun 13, 2012

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

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oliver22
Mar 12, 2012

a great novel. loved it!

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

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