Thursday, March 21, 2013

The Probable Future by Alice Hoffman

First sentence:

"Anyone born and bred in Massachusetts learns early on to recognize the end of winter."


"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." - from the back cover

My thoughts:

I loved this book about family, history and magic. Each character has a rich story to tell and Hoffman gives them the space to tell it.

Date read: 3/20/2013
Book #:8
Rating: 4*/5 = great
Genre: Fiction

ISBN-10: 0345455916
ISBN-13: 9780345455918
Publisher: Ballantine Books
Year: 2003
# of pages: 322
Binding: Trade Paperback
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