The Probable Future

Hoffman, Alice

(Book - 2003)
Average Rating: 4 stars out of 5.
The Probable Future
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. InThe Probable Futurethis 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 Futurechronicles 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 Futureshowcases the lavish literary gifts that have made Alice Hoffman one of America's most treasured writers.
Publisher: New York : Doubleday, 2003
Edition: 1st ed
ISBN: 0385507607
Branch Call Number: FICTION HOFFMAN
Characteristics: 322 p. ;,24 cm


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Jul 04, 2013
  • DanglingConversations rated this: 3.5 stars out of 5.

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
  • Pisinga rated this: 2.5 stars out of 5.

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
  • itsel123 rated this: 4 stars out of 5.

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

a great novel. loved it!


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