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The Probable Future
The Probable Future
Author: Alice Hoffman
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 on the future—a future that she might not want to see.  — In The Probable Future this vivid and intriguing cast of characters confro...  more »
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ISBN-13: 9780345455918
ISBN-10: 0345455916
Publication Date: 2004
Pages: 352
  • Currently 3.9/5 Stars.

3.9 stars, based on 172 ratings
Publisher: Ballantine Books
Book Type: Paperback
Other Versions: Hardcover, Audio Cassette, Audio CD
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Helpful Score: 12
Hoffman once again creates magic through descriptive prose, placing you in the schoolroom with Stella, watching in horror as a fishbone protrudes from the throat of her approaching teacher. Then, in a cab on the way home, she must turn from the driver to avoid seeing his large tumor, so clearly visible in his skull.

To me, this novel served to ask the reader two larger questions: When do you decide not to trust someone you love? and Can you regain the trust of those you love in order to create a different future for yourself, when you've made grave and hurtful errors?
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Helpful Score: 8
Loved this book! The characters are so good. I really hated to see it end. It is about the relationship between mothers and daughters during the years when a child is trying to become a woman and discovers she has been granted a special gift that has been handed down for generations. Each daughter on her 13th birthday receives a unique gift and it doesn't always seem like a blessing. Each one has a gift that sets them apart from all others. Combine that with trying to become an adult and trying to establish your own personality and it's fascinating and oh, so hard. I highly recommend this book! I will be looking for other books by this author.
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Helpful Score: 7
First of all, the current murder plays very little in the story. It really functions to being the whole family back together in Unity, the Sparrows hometown, which was fine with me, but if a reader were looking for a good conclusion to that side plot, it isnt here.

Each of the women has a gift or curse, depending on how you look at it. Stella, as we learn early, can see peoples deaths. She deals with it surprisingly well, actually, and she more than either of the other women, makes good use of her gift.

I loved this book. Jenny and Elinor have been estranged for years. Jenny has managed to drive a wedge between herself and Stella, despite how much she didnt want to.Through the book, though, all three of them grow, learn to see the world and each other in different ways. They also learn about love, both for family and for the men in their lives.

Also, this is a spring book, beginning in March and ending in May. It is full of new beginnings, finding true love, and some losses, too. I have to admit that I needed a few tissues toward the end, just a warning.
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Helpful Score: 5
This book was written with such vivid description, I felt like I was right there in the house...I wish I was right there in the house. These women's ives were so clorful and full of mystery, I couldn't wait to find out the details of it all!
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Helpful Score: 2
beautiful. Hoffman's typical themes of magic and optimism are present in the story.
i like Hoffman a lot, how she tells the story from multiple points of view, slipping seamlessly from character to character. i also love how her characters always learn from their mistakes, and how loss and disappointment lead to happier times.
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I loved this book. In typical Alice Hoffman fashion, it includes wonderful descriptions and development of characters about which the reader actually cares.
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Even with the fantasy in this book I felt it compelling. A story of loving & acceptance. The author does a lot of descriptions in her writing is my only objection to the book. I've read other by this author & found that to be the norm. Rather she would spend more time on story itself.
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This is a very sweet and charming book. It was nice for me to read something joyful for a change since my usual reads are very dark. Alice Hoffman does not disappoint.