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The Probable Future (Ballantine Reader's Circle) Paperback – June 1, 2004
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While parts of this novel are groaningly familiar, Hoffman deftly moves from these moments to something more solid and truthful. The author has her own gift, that of confident narration. Her characterizations are memorably detailed, with the portrayal of Brock Stewart perhaps the most touching I have encountered in her fiction. Unlike in Turtle Moon and Practical Magic, the magic realism here is not as much a crucial part of the story as it is an overlay. Even though Stella's gift does prompt a journey back to the Sparrows, the reasons seem forced and the action unnecessary. This story would be every bit as moving without the Sparrow women's gifts, fireflies that ignite, and bees that demand politeness. Some fans might be disappointed by the lack of seamless integration of magic and realism in this novel, but others will be thankful the author did not force it upon a story which has its most honest moments between ordinary people.Read more ›
I disagree that Will Avery was unbelievable. Everyone knows a slacker in life who works so hard to get away with not working. I also loved the magical elements -- and how it made you think, you know, being mortal -- not such a bad thing.
Really great read!
These are well-drawn characters who often inspire, simultaneously, the desire to give them tea and crackers and the desire to knock their heads together. Jenny is completely justified and utterly wrong-headed in her resentment of her mother; so is Stella. Jenny is absolutely correct in having concluded, after having it pounded into her head repeatedly, that Stella's father, Will Avery, is a lying, cheating (...)who can be relied on only to let everyone down. Stella is also right in believing him to be a loving, devoted parent who actually listens to her, which her mother does not.
There is a plot in here, involving Stella's gift of seeing deaths accidentally landing Will in jail, charged with murder, but the plot is not the point. The focus of this book is the engaging, and ultimately optimistic, story of the tangled relationships of the Sparrow women and their friends and relations.
An enjoyable lazy-afternoon read.
But this book returns her to the genre that suits her best: magical realism. The wonderful book spins the tale of a family of magical women, who pass psychic gifts from generation to generation. It's up the the latest of the Sparrow women, a rebellious teenager, to trace the disturbing history of this haunted family. Meanwhile, her mother, unhappily married and attempting to turn her back on the Sparrow gifts, learns from her daughter the terrible truth of the original Sparrow "witch."
It's glorious reading and done in the lush style that Hoffman wears like a kid glove. Any Hoffman fan who has been disappointed in recent years will love this book, as will newcomers to Hoffman's work.
Most Recent Customer Reviews
i liked the writing style. i liked the complicated and shifting POVs. the author asks much of the reader. some may find it difficult to keep up. Read morePublished 6 months ago by Elaine The Schramm
I love all of Alice Hoffman's books! This story includes a woman with a mysterious past, current mother-daughter strained relationships, and all the sights, sounds, and smells of... Read morePublished 9 months ago by Shafer
But somewhat repetitious. I love Hoffman's writing but think plot gets lost in beautiful words. It was a pleasant read even so.Published 10 months ago by Tigressbythetail
Although I adore Hoffmann and this is well written, this book could have been half as long. Some of the descriptive passages went on for day. Read morePublished 11 months ago by Christopher Schmidt
I'm not going to write a book report. All I have to say is, if your a fan of Alice Hoffman it's a must read and the book that follows is one I'll read next. Read morePublished 12 months ago by Amazon Customer
It starts off fairly good and then just tanks in the middle. The characters are resolved with little to no explanation past one sentence or are done so cheaply that it's totally... Read morePublished 12 months ago by Sarah M. Bookshar
I love everything that Alice Hoffman writes. Have read (or re-read) most all of her books by now. Waiting patiently for her next delight to come out in print.Published 14 months ago by Coral Shaull