The Probable Future Paperback – 7 Aug 2003
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The Probable Future is another novel in which Alice Hoffman makes judicious use of genre material to dramatise fairly conventional stories of romantic love, families and communities. For centuries, ever since the murder of their ancestress Rebecca as a suspected witch, the Sparrow women have inherited powers and tended to keep quiet about them.
Evelyn has a gift for knowing who is lying to her, her daughter Jenny a tendency to dream men's dreams alongside them and young Stella knows what deaths are likely to come to the people she meets or even sees. One attempt by Stella to change a future leads to her feckless father Will being suspected of the murder he tried to prevent.
One of the strengths of the novel is that misfortune is not especially good for Will, who exploits the situation as totally as he has exploited everything and everyone in his life--Hoffman is good on just how much damage can be done by someone who is not malicious, merely weak. In the end, though, this is a novel about healing--which is as much a matter of goodwill as of powers. --Roz Kaveney
A magical new novel by a world-class writer whose ability to fuse the domestic and the uncanny within a magnetically compelling and beautifully written narrative is unrivalled.See all Product Description
Top Customer Reviews
Overall I was disappointed with this book, whoever wrote the blurb deserves an award for making a book that reads like a tranquiliser sound like a book that reads like caffeine.
This book starts with a typical Hoffman opening chapter, skips along quite easily and 'feels' rather like many of her other works. However, get a little further along and the words really do run deeper, giving this book much more atmosphere than you normally find. I really did care about all three generations of the family this story revolves around and I did find it a hard book to put down, not from the pace of the storyline, but more from the raw emotions described for each character. You just cannot help but care.
A truly haunting book and the first of Hoffman's I've wanted to re-read. Highly recommended.