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The Probable Future Audio CD – CD, May 7, 2013
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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.
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- Publisher : Brilliance Audio; Unabridged edition (May 7, 2013)
- Language : English
- ISBN-10 : 1469295008
- ISBN-13 : 978-1469295008
- Item Weight : 7.2 ounces
- Dimensions : 6.5 x 1.13 x 5.5 inches
- Best Sellers Rank: #6,815,321 in Books (See Top 100 in Books)
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The writing grabbed me in the first sentence and wouldn't let go through the entirety of the lengthy sample. That was all it took. I uploaded to my Kindle and could NOT put it down till I was finished. I will recommend it to friends. This is all due to the lyrical writing which kept singing in my head . . . despite the fact that this is definitely a Book Club type book and the ending brought reform to a character (Will Avery if you are looking further) in a way that was utterly unrealistic and even annoying. And I'm not talking about the magical realism - which was actually beautifully done and believable.
I can ignore that. I will ignore it. Just please, please don't send me to a Book Club to discuss symbolism or intergenerational communication or deep "meanings." And if you feel the way I do about such things, don't worry. You'll still love the book.
PS: Book Club lovers: save yourself the trouble of commenting. I know you're all nice, sincere people who keep reading alive. Good for you. Feel free to discuss the haters at your next meeting. I promise my feelings won't be hurt.
Such an interesting story! I'm finding that I truly enjoy anything written by Alice Hoffman. I foresee many more of her books being added to my library over the years! :) Good stuff!
THE PROBABLE FUTURE is one that has "spoken" to me for some time. While it was published over ten years ago, I had never read it till now. It clogged my "wish list" and "to be read" pile for awhile. Why I hadn't started sooner, I don't know. Sometimes, like the words we read, the ones we read need to be carefully cultivated. I picked it up and fell into her lyrical world of fictional New England town Unity and into the clutches of the Sparrow women.
The first half hooked me right away: disagreeable 12-year old Stella wakes up on her thirteenth birthday with a new gift: she can see how others are going to die. As if that isn't creepy enough, she "sees" a woman at her birthday dinner get brutally murdered. I was under the spell that THE PROBABLE FUTURE would be a page-turning whodunit with elements of literary fiction and mysticism woven throughout.
It is and it's not.
The middle third of the book focuses almost entirely on the Sparrow family in a small town of Unity tucked into the layers of Cake House, the historical home of which they originate; it's the refuge for young Stella, whom after having these disturbing visions is shuttled away to out of safety.
I wouldn't go as far as to say the story unraveled from there, but it took in a new focus: mother-daugher relationships, the past/history of a town and family. We begin to understand why the Sparrow women are the way they are (Stella's mother has her own gift, as does the grandmother). I kept wondering about the initial hook: the murder of that woman.
Hoffman does get us back on track, but much of the murder stuff gets...well, buried and is less substantial. If you know this going in, then I think you'll be fine.
The writing is superb--plenty of attention to detial, settings come alive, and a certain breath of confidence blown into each character. I did, however tire of the bee analogies, as well as that giant oak tree and peach trees brought by sailboat. The points were belabored and tiresome.
Overall, I really liked this book, it made me think and it definitely has improved my overall storytelling in a magical sense
Amid colorful imagery and descriptive characters, Hoffman offers the message that what is believed, may not always be what is true, and that the power of love for family, transcends all else.
Though perhaps not Hoffman's best work, the story flows easily and offers an interesting storyline.
This should have stayed with the Sparrows' stories.