"The Probable Future" by Alice Hoffman

"The Probable Future" by Alice Hoffman

Probable Future by Alice Hoffman
Small New England town complete with white picket fences, frogs and fireflies, blossoms and bees, sorrow and joy, these are the things of Alice Hoffman’s novel Probable Future.  I just closed the covers of another timeless tale. True to her style, Alice serves up the fragility and strength of the human spirit masterfully woven in the sweetest prose. The story follows three women through the storms of life, each damaged from broken relationships and misunderstandings. Yet time moves forward and unfortunate circumstances provide her rich storytelling to unravel the wrongs. With every page the reader dives deeper into each character, melting the layers till their truest selves are revealed. This gentle and delicate unwrapping makes an enjoyable read, and a sadness when the story ends. A rich family history filled with mystery and intrigue finally revealing heroines among them. Loss kills the joy, leaving deep wounds, but love becomes the salve that heals.
-Kim Luke

Book Blurb:

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.

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