The Probable Future

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Random House Publishing Group, Jun 1, 2004 - Fiction - 352 pages
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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.

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User Review  - Dreesie - LibraryThing

I picked this up at our annual rotary sale--I had not heard of this title, but I do like Alice Hoffman's books. Really 3.5 stars. I really do like Hoffman's books. I find them very comfortable. They're not perfect, but I know I will get an enjoyable read. Read full review

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User Review  - mirshad - LibraryThing

I loved this book. I read it as a mobi-pocket edition on my old Treo 650 phone. Must get a physical copy of it one day since I adored it so much. Read full review

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About the author (2004)

Alice Hoffman is the author of fifteen acclaimed novels, most recently Blue Diary. She lives outside Boston.

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