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The Probable Future (2003)

de Alice Hoffman

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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.… (més)
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I had a weird experience....I had been thinking, dreaming, and seeing “bees” 🐝 and I picked up this book and bee imagery was everywhere ...not sure what it means! 🤷🏼‍♀️

This is not my favorite Alice Hoffman book, but it was a quick read! I’m striking out lately with unsatisfying reads and wondering if I’m “outgrowing” certain authors! 😐 ( )
  Eosch1 | Jan 2, 2022 |
This is the second book I've read by this author and I'm hooked. I love how she writes the atmosphere of the story without writing it as poetry. (ex. A breeze had come up and there was the scent of loam in the air. Hay and fertilizer. Sweet grass and wild ginger. April.) I have a hard time with poetry. That may sound insulting or maybe not like a compliment but she writes straightforward without the meaning being hidden by cleverly written metaphors. I cannot read Tanith Lee because of her style if you need a comparison.

There is the skeleton of the story which has magic, love, family, loss, hope, life, death and then there is the town and the woods and nature. I just loved the story.

If I ever read it again I need to make a list of all the names and descriptions for rain that Elinor used. "... it wasn't any sort of rain Elinor could identify. Not rose rain or fish rain, or stone rain, not daffodil rain, only the sound of water. ..." ( )
  Seayla2020 | Aug 20, 2021 |
Written after Hoffman’s runaway hit witchy novel Practical Magic, but before she fully came into her own (in my opinion at least) with the prequel novel The Rules of Magic, this book treads much of the same territory and hits somewhere in between in terms of excellence. In its pages we see three generations of the Sparrow family women learn to live, love, and deal with their unique witchy powers - one who sees all lies for what they are, one who can peer into dreams, and one who catches glimpses of coming death. And yet, these powers (like all intuitions) do the women no good, as each of their talents deceives them in turn; there is really no such thing as a probable future, and they are led down unexpected paths as they make choices that were never quite understood until years later. Hoffman uses her talents to deftly weave their stories (and their family history) together from the small town of Unity outwards to Boston before bringing all three back together for a grande finale tinged with equal parts heartache and happiness. Having come to the conclusion, we may not have been totally engaged quite the whole way through (like I said, Hoffman hasn’t hit her peak yet), but the ties that bound the family together throughout have bound us in turn to see their ending through. Like the final lines of the story we must “close [our] eyes and listen… then walk twenty paces farther than [we] thought necessary. Just when [we]’re certain [we]’ve lost [our] way completely, [we]’ll be there.” ( )
  JaimieRiella | May 31, 2021 |
I found it very hard going, the language made it a difficult read and I didn't fond any of the characters particularly likeable, in the end I wasn't rooting for any of them and the nice ending fell flat. ( )
  zacchaeus | Dec 26, 2020 |
Alice Hoffman loves to weave elements of magic, myth, and fairy tales into her novels and I am so glad she does! Mothers and daughters are the theme here, as well as how women's histories underpin a Colonial town, even when they are written out of the official story. Beautiful language and evocative imagery on every page. My only critiques are that a) I hate to find errors in a finished book (DUE instead of DO! and other such avoidable idiocies), and b) that the entire plot occurs in less than three months, from March to June. Not only did that strain credulity to believe that the characters themselves would change and redeem in such a short time, but also unlikely that the small New England town [I lived in one very much like this for seven years] would accept change so rapidly. But other than that, I loved the book. ( )
  AnaraGuard | Nov 1, 2020 |
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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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