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  • Published: 31 January 2013
  • ISBN: 9781446448250
  • Imprint: Vintage Digital
  • Format: EBook
  • Pages: 336

The Probable Future

'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.

  • Pub date: 31 January 2013
  • ISBN: 9781446448250
  • Imprint: Vintage Digital
  • Format: EBook
  • Pages: 336

About the Author

Alice Hoffman

Alice Hoffman is the bestselling author of acclaimed novels, including Here on Earth (an Oprah Book Club selection), Practical Magic (a Hollywood film), The River King, Blue Diary, Turtle Moon, Skylight Confessions and most recently The Third Angel. Blackbird House was shortlisted for the Frank O'Connor International Short Story Award. She divides her time between Boston and New York City.

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Praise for The Probable Future

“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”

Kate Atkinson

“Like her contemporaries, Carol Shields and Alice Munro, Hoffman has an acute yet tender eye for detail... Hoffman writes with heartbreaking clarity”

The Times

“An enchanting page-turner of a novel... Charming, utterly absorbing and very enjoyable, this book will leave you wanting move”

Big Issue

“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”

New Yorker

“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”

The Times

“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”

Daily Mirror

“A reader is in good hands with Alice Hoffman... She is one of our quirkiest and most interesting novelists”

Jane Smiley

“Magical and engaging”


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