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☉ The Probable Future PDF / Epub ❤ Author Alice Hoffman – Bogou.us

The Probable Future Alice Hoffman S Most Magical Novel To Date Three Generations Of Extraordinary Women Are Driven To Unite In Crisis And Discover The Rewards Of Reconciliation And Love 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 Confronts A Haunting Past And A Very Current Murder Against The Evocative Backdrop Of Small Town New England By Turns Chilling And Enchanting, The Probable Future Chronicles The Sparrows S Legacy As Young Stella Struggles To Cope With Her Disturbing Clairvoyance Her Potential To Ruin Or Redeem Becomes Unbearable When One Of Her Premonitions Puts Her Father In Jail, Wrongly Accused Of Homicide Yet This Ordeal Also Leads Stella To The Grandmother She Was Forbidden To Meet And To A Historic Family Home Full Of Talismans From Her Ancestors Poignant, Arresting, Unsettling, The Probable Future Showcases The Lavish Literary Gifts That Have Made Alice Hoffman One Of America S Most Treasured Writers

☉ The Probable Future  PDF / Epub ❤ Author Alice Hoffman – Bogou.us
  • Paperback
  • 352 pages
  • The Probable Future
  • Alice Hoffman
  • English
  • 03 April 2017
  • 0345455916

    10 thoughts on “☉ The Probable Future PDF / Epub ❤ Author Alice Hoffman – Bogou.us


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  2. says:

    Some things, Ms Hoffman, some things need not be explained until the words don t even sound like words any In fact, Ms Hoffman explains the setting ie Cake House, flora, fauna, seasons in MA, etc so much and in so many different ways, she makes Stephen King look terse And that, people, is talent.The characters are one dimensional, unrealistic, and completely unlikeable The women in the novel are either two of the following cold and constantly angry for no valid reason or daft and ri Some things, Ms Hoffman, some things need not be explained until the words don t even sound like words any In fact, Ms Hoffman explains the setting ie Cake House, flora, fauna, seasons in MA, etc so much and in so many different ways, she makes Stephen King look terse And that, people, is talent.The characters are one dimensional, unrealistic, and completely unlikeable The women in the novel are either two of the following cold and constantly angry for no valid reason or daft and riddled with low self esteem As for the men, with the exception of two, they re lying, cheating dogs that Ms Hoffman decides at the last hour to redeem in a manner so devoid of reality it s almost laughable Almost Oh, and those two menidiotic, love sick puppies with the patience of a saint But the worse part, the worse part may actually be a plot line that weaved in and out of existence Then again, maybe it was the jumps in time, a tying of loose ends here and there throughout the book inappropriately placed that look like they were added as an after thought when the book was finished My guess though is that it was probably closing the book feeling like a chump But hey, at least I m a chump that could now get her horticulture degree Thanks, Ms Hoffman


  3. says:

    This is a lovely story I was hooked from the start, reading it all in two sittings, and when the book finally let me go it was with a sigh of relief and satisfaction Alice Hoffman s grasp on her words is just magical tightly controlled, so that each sentence seems to hold layers of meaning, but also flowing easily from the tongue There s definitely a certain poetry in the way she weaves the environments where the story takes place, and she doesn t write as though her readers are stupid Many This is a lovely story I was hooked from the start, reading it all in two sittings, and when the book finally let me go it was with a sigh of relief and satisfaction Alice Hoffman s grasp on her words is just magical tightly controlled, so that each sentence seems to hold layers of meaning, but also flowing easily from the tongue There s definitely a certain poetry in the way she weaves the environments where the story takes place, and she doesn t write as though her readers are stupid Many little details that add to the depth of the story are slipped in quietly, fitting in naturally, beneath the noise of the surface events it s refreshing to see a writer who doesn t feel the need to brandish about plot points like a flashing neon sign She doesn t turn her head away from the less enchanting sides of a person, but shows how people can overcome their own weaknesses and the demons of their past, whether it takes them months or years or decades In many, many ways, this is a beautiful book and I recommend it to anyone who knows how to appreciate a great writer


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    Honestly, this book was one of the best depictions of mother daughter relationships I ve ever read I felt for both mother and child in it, I could see both sides and where both were coming from yet unlike other novels, I saw no clear way to fix it, because there was no clear way to fix things It was kind of heartbreaking to read, because I saw my own relationship with my mom in Hoffman s words.The only downside to the plot was Stella s relationship with the football player It seemed awkward Honestly, this book was one of the best depictions of mother daughter relationships I ve ever read I felt for both mother and child in it, I could see both sides and where both were coming from yet unlike other novels, I saw no clear way to fix it, because there was no clear way to fix things It was kind of heartbreaking to read, because I saw my own relationship with my mom in Hoffman s words.The only downside to the plot was Stella s relationship with the football player It seemed awkward and out of place I applaud Hoffman for taking a risk, putting the heroine with the character who wouldn t necessarily be called the hero of the younger cast, but her execution could ve used some smoothing over.Other than that, it was a very good novel A very typical Hoffman novel she uses supernatural elements to define the relationships between her female characters It takes after Practical Magic in the way that the women s abilities are passed down through the family line, but the circumstances and characters are different enough so that you can firmly separate the two novels in your head


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    OMG, I can t remember the last time I cried so much reading a book One of those perfect stories that makes me feel like a fraud for daring to call myself an author My eyes are swollen and I ll have the sniffles all night, but it was worth it.


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    The Probable Future is about the Sparrow family, a lineage of woman who through each generation have their own unique powers and abilities Elinor, the grandmother, can detect falsehood Jenny, the middle aged mother, can see other people s dreams And Stella, the granddaughter, can see how people are going to die These powers come with tribulations though Elinor is slowly dying Jenny has a cheating ex husband and has been living her entire life with the wrong person And Stella is your sim The Probable Future is about the Sparrow family, a lineage of woman who through each generation have their own unique powers and abilities Elinor, the grandmother, can detect falsehood Jenny, the middle aged mother, can see other people s dreams And Stella, the granddaughter, can see how people are going to die These powers come with tribulations though Elinor is slowly dying Jenny has a cheating ex husband and has been living her entire life with the wrong person And Stella is your simple angst filled teenager When Stella tells her father Will Avery to warn the police about a murder that was going to take place, the police get suspicious of him and accuse him of being the murderer himself This accusation brings the entire family back together, where they will have to deal with each other and hopefully reconciliate.This was a good book, although it took me forever to read thanks to all advanced courses at school The writing was full of figurative language, the metaphors and similes were seemingly boundless I appreciated her prose, but sometimes I felt as if she could ve cut back on some paragraphs and made them shorter.As for the plot, I think there was just a little bit too much going on Everything in the end was handled, but I felt that not a single aspect of the plot was finished as smoothly as it could ve been For example, the Sparrow family s powers were never explained Also, Will s legal case was never fully described in detail either So maybe this book would ve appealed to a different audience better, but I still liked it for what it was


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    This is a little long, cuz I get bitchy There s an audience for this type of Hoffman novel I probably ain t it I would guess that Hoffman s core readers as transcendental herbalists from Martha s Vineyard, and I m sure I m not that So, maybe I was destined to dislike this bookThe Probable Future is about the three most recent generations of the Sparrow women All Sparrow women have witch like gifts, like being about to sniff out liars or the talent to predict the mode of others deaths It This is a little long, cuz I get bitchy There s an audience for this type of Hoffman novel I probably ain t it I would guess that Hoffman s core readers as transcendental herbalists from Martha s Vineyard, and I m sure I m not that So, maybe I was destined to dislike this bookThe Probable Future is about the three most recent generations of the Sparrow women All Sparrow women have witch like gifts, like being about to sniff out liars or the talent to predict the mode of others deaths It s this last gift that gets the teenaged Stella Sparrow in trouble She foresees a brutal Boston murder and tries to get her loser dad to stop it before it happens Instead, he gets arrested for the crime So Stella and her mom flee to small town Massachusetts to hide out with the cantankerous grandma Here they come to understandabout 13 generations of Sparrow women and their gifts.Although I love Hoffman s idea of domestic witchcraft and magic, I find her execution fluffy and unsurprising the story arc is basically the stuff of Lifetime films, with a small bit of New England witchery thrown in The sum product is a mystical version of a Laura Ashley gift basket, replete with a pale pastel bow to wrap the whole damn thing up too neatly at the end It also pisses me off that the females are seen as flawed but human, and many of the males are simply slackers, demons, pricks or buffoons There s not a lot of singularity here I wouldn t want to spend an unexpected amount of time with ANY of Hoffman s two dimensional characters She defines too much of them by likes and dislikes and not enough by action intrinsic to the plot Many of the conflicts could ve simply been fixed with a good conversation None of these people are witty, deep or complex.I also distinctly dislike when authors write shallow mustache twisting villains this book has one of the shallowest And of course it s a man, because I think Hoffman thinks this means she s being feminist I suppose a female moustache twister would be too scary and weird, though all that facial hair Hoffman s book is missing a good question The Probable Future possessed absolutely no thematic complications, comic or dramatic There are bumper sticker themes Family is good Change is good There was no point where I pondered, God, what would I do How would I handle this situation I never thought the author was taking any intellectual or emotional risks The solutions to the characters problems were always obvious Often, I didn t care Sometimes I even thought of a very quick, easy solution the characters were to vapid to consider.Finally, all the description of horticulture, of bird wings, of flavored tea, gets old after a while These aspects are buried in corny lines like, Eleanor knew that you couldn t tell anything about a new flower before it bloomed, just like you cannot tell truth about young people until they blossom into adulthood My major quibbles being duly noted, Hoffman s use of magic casual, almost commonplace is wonderful I just wish she could ve made aunexpected plot with richer characterization And she can end the book with us pondering a few questions, and I wouldn t complain I could actually live through the detailed descriptions of flora, fauna and food But for all of its magic, the worst part of The Probable Future is how banal its characters are it s like Martha Stewart for the Wiccan set.But then again, I suspect I am not the target audience here By the way, I ve also read Practical Magic, Second Nature and Seventh Heaven Last night I tried to give Hoffman onechance with Here on Earth But after 40 pages, I had to put it down It has the same characters same struggling mom, same Gothy daughter It possessed the same cursed land It took place in a small Massachusetts town, like The Probable Future It was scary how repetitive this seemed I had to quit


  8. says:

    We know what we need when we get it.2.5 stars I should have enjoyed this , it had all the right elements magical realism, mother daughter issues, special magical abilities, but I didn t I could not connect with the characters at all, and I think the book was too long I absolutely adored The Dovekeepers by same author, which was a very different type of book, I m holding thumbs she ll do something similar in future, because I don t think I ll be reading her older books if they are like t We know what we need when we get it.2.5 stars I should have enjoyed this , it had all the right elements magical realism, mother daughter issues, special magical abilities, but I didn t I could not connect with the characters at all, and I think the book was too long I absolutely adored The Dovekeepers by same author, which was a very different type of book, I m holding thumbs she ll do something similar in future, because I don t think I ll be reading her older books if they are like the probable future.The Story The Story of three generations of the extraordinary Sparrow women with unusual gifts who are driven to unite in crisis, and discover the rewards of reconciliation and love


  9. says:

    I have some mixed feelings about this book which usually happens when I read a book that allows me to suspend belief but which doesn t have enough substance to sustain my enjoyment beyond the act of reading To put it simply, while reading it I was sucked into the fairy tale like quality But after I was finished and had come back down to earth the flaws showed up quite clearly I felt that people changed too much, too quickly and that in hindsight the story had some huge holes in the plot I have some mixed feelings about this book which usually happens when I read a book that allows me to suspend belief but which doesn t have enough substance to sustain my enjoyment beyond the act of reading To put it simply, while reading it I was sucked into the fairy tale like quality But after I was finished and had come back down to earth the flaws showed up quite clearly I felt that people changed too much, too quickly and that in hindsight the story had some huge holes in the plot.Now I don t want to get down to specifics so I won t I would say that sometimes people read for information, and sometimes they read to escape, and sometimes they read to evoke feelings, or visit faraway places or just to kill time We read for a million different reasons This is a book that shines as a beach read, a vacation read, a bedtime story It s uplifting, optimistic, fun and enjoyable It s not great literature, and that s okay too Only in hindsight, did my feelings wan but while I was reading it I enjoyed it a bunch


  10. says:

    this book reminded me how much I love to read I don t know enough about composition to say if it was well written, but I do know when someone is a good storyteller hoffman is definitely that.

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