In Alice Hoffman's 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.
©2004 Alice Hoffman; (P)2004 Brilliance Audio, Inc.
"Delicious....Hoffman is an unapologetic optimist, and optimism is in short supply these days. It feels like a vacation to curl up with [The Probable Future]." (The New York Times Book Review)
"Spellbinding....Of all the magical realists writing today, she may have the best sense of balance." (Portland Oregonian)
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"Another excellent Hoffman novel"
I am becoming a huge fan of hers, & this book merely solidified it. The narrator was perfect for this especially--her range is quite good. Hoffman's stories always have such depth and contain strong and unusual female characters. love it.
Great magical realism. Good narrator. A bit cheesy sometimes but manageable. I found it s nice distraction
"Stirring and beautiful"
The plot in this book is okay, but Alice Hoffman simply stirs the soul with her beautiful writing and profound insights. You can recognize her books by the touch of magic in their pages.
"If you like happily ever after..."
Started off dark, interesting, and completely mesmerizing. But turned syrupy sweet and too good to be true.
Anyone who watches drivel
Not be so predictable and use trite phrases - two dimensional characterizations that were meant to be rounded characterizations.
She ate the scenery.
I'm surprised that Hoffman wrote such drivel. Really surprised and annoyed at the waste of time and money I spent on this book.
"Love Alice Hoffman"
I enjoyed this book very much and the reader was great. I loved the magical realism interwoven into the story. Not sure why I didn't give it five stars. It was earth shattering but I bet I listen to it again one day.
"Great! True Hoffman. Mystical, real, balanced. "
Human,loving,accessible.; alchemy of earthly human experiences, magic, hope to the faith we learn through them,
"Should have been a good book"
Alice Hoffman is talented at weaving magic into ordinary life. These characters and story line have potential but she didn't develop them in the way that she did with Practical Magic. Disappointed.
"Should be categorized as Young Adult"
Having enjoyed other Alice Hoffman novels, I thought I'd give this one a go. Such a waste of time: silly and juvenile. Give this one a pass and find something a little more adult.
"Stunning performance and book"
Lovely, well written and beautifully read as we who love Alice Hoffman have come to anticipate!
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