The Probable Future
The women of the Sparrow family have lived in New England for generations. Each is born in the month of March, and at the age of thirteen, each develops an unusual gift. Elinor can literally smell a lie. Her daughter, Jenny, can see people’s dreams as they’re dreaming them. Granddaughter Stella,... show more
The women of the Sparrow family have lived in New England for generations. Each is born in the month of March, and at the age of thirteen, each develops an unusual gift. Elinor can literally smell a lie. Her daughter, Jenny, can see people’s dreams as they’re dreaming them. Granddaughter Stella, newly a teen, has just developed the ability to see how other people will die. Ironically, it is their gifts that have kept Elinor and Jenny apart for the last twenty-five years. But as Stella struggles to cope with her disturbing clairvoyance, the unthinkable happens: One of her premonitions lands her father in jail, wrongly accused of homicide. The ordeal leads Stella to the grandmother she’s never met and to Cake House, the Sparrow ancestral home full of talismans and fraught with history. Now three generations of estranged Sparrow women must come together to turn Stella’s potential to ruin into a potential to redeem.
Publish date: June 1st 2004
Publisher: Ballantine Books
Pages no: 322
Edition language: English
I enjoy Hoffman's books—I don't find them to be the tops in current literature or amazingly clever—but they are interesting, well written, and enjoyable. There is always a touch of magical realism and local flavor. In The Probable Future 13-year-old Stella Sparrow and her mother Jenny leave Boston...
I really liked this story that weaves so much together. It's about three generations of Sparrow women, Elinor, her estranged daughter Jenny and her daughter Stella, who as the novel opens celebrates her thirteenth birthday. On that day, as it's been for 13 generations, the women of the family gain a...
I hate to not finish books, so I try to read as far as I can before giving the book up. Fortunately, I don't have a lot of negative things to say about this one, it's more like it's not you, it's me. It just didn't maintain my interest. Not the author's fault. It just wasn't about a subject I cared...
How is this not a movie yet? Maybe "just" a Lifetime movie, but SOME VARIETY OF MOVIE. It seems ripe for it.Oh, wait, it looks like there is a version of The Probable Future headed that way -- I can't find much about it, but it seems to be a Thing. Called it.I've read Hoffman before, and am a fan of...