The Probable Future

Hoffman, Alice

Book - 2003
Average Rating: 4 stars out of 5.
The Probable Future
The women of the Sparrow family have lived in New England for generations. Each is born in the month of March, and at the age of thirteen, each develops an unusual gift. Elinor can literally smell a lie. Her daughter, Jenny, can see people's dreams as they're dreaming them. Granddaughter Stella, newly a teen, has just developed the ability to see how other people will die. Ironically, it is their gifts that have kept Elinor and Jenny apart for the last twenty-five years. But as Stella struggles to cope with her disturbing clairvoyance, the unthinkable happens: One of her premonitions lands her father in jail, wrongly accused of homicide. The ordeal leads Stella to the grandmother she's never met and to Cake House, the Sparrow ancestral home full of talismans and fraught with history. Now three generations of estranged Sparrow women must come together to turn Stella's potential to ruin into a potential to redeem.

Publisher: New York : Doubleday, 2003
Edition: 1st ed
ISBN: 9780345455918
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.

Mar 12, 2012

a great novel. loved it!


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