'Alice Hoffman is simply brilliant' Daily Mail
When the women in the Sparrow family reach thirteen, they develop a unique ability. In young Stella's case, the gift, which is both a blessing and a curse, is the ability to see a person's probable future. Stella foresees a gruesome murder, and tells her charming, feckless father about it, but it is too late - the murder has already been committed and suspicion falls on him.
Hoffman unlocks the caskets of family life and the secret history of a community in this magical story about young love and old love, about making choices - usually the wrong ones - about foresight and consequences, all suffused with the haunting scent of roses and wisteria, and the hum of bees on a summer evening.
“Magical and entertaining; at times positively bewitching... That Hoffman is a highly capable storyteller is in no doubt. Hoffman's latest novel possesses the irresistible quality of a compelling fairytale for adults”
Scotland on Sunday
“A great atmospheric storyteller... Her books are a real pleasure”
“Like her contemporaries, Carol Shields and Alice Munro, Hoffman has an acute yet tender eye for detail... Hoffman writes with heartbreaking clarity”
“An enchanting page-turner of a novel... Charming, utterly absorbing and very enjoyable, this book will leave you wanting move”
“Alice Hoffman is a daring and able writer; she plots conjunctions of mundane and magical events with such ease that the reader never doubts her word”
“Alice Hoffman hits bulls-eyes on the incomprehension between the young and the old, on the magic and pain of ordinary life. She is erotic and romantic, funny and clever and humane”
“Daringly mixing comedy with tragedy, and the quotidian with the fabulous, she has created a narrative that somehow makes myth out of the sticky complexities of contemporary marriage... Hoffman writes so simply about human passions that her characters are branded onto one's memory”
New York Times
“Gently gets under your skin. You'll be hooked”
“A reader is in good hands with Alice Hoffman... She is one of our quirkiest and most interesting novelists”
“Magical and engaging”