The Probable Future

The Probable Future

Book - 2003
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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 to the future - a future that she might not want to see.In Alice Hoffman's latest tour de force, 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' 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 an historic family home full of talismans from her ancestors.
Publisher: New York : Doubleday, c2003.
ISBN: 9780385507608
Branch Call Number: FIC HOF
Characteristics: 322 p. ; 25 cm.


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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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