The Probable Future (2003) The Sparrow women have unusual talents: Rebecca can't feel pain, Jenny experiences others' dreams, and Stella envisions how people will die. When Stella begs her… 2003-06-24 Fiction Doubleday
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The Probable Future (2003)

Alice Hoffman, The Probable Future | PROMISING 'FUTURE' Hoffman's latest follows three intriguing, witchy women
PROMISING 'FUTURE' Hoffman's latest follows three intriguing, witchy women

Details Release Date: Jun 24, 2003; Writer: Alice Hoffman; Genre: Fiction; Publisher: Doubleday

The Sparrow women have unusual talents: Rebecca can't feel pain, Jenny experiences others' dreams, and Stella envisions how people will die. When Stella begs her father to help prevent a murder, he ends up the chief suspect. Hoffman sets The Probable Future, her 16th novel, in an ethereal world caught between modern-day New England and a 17th-century witch trial. While the story lacks dramatic tension -- too many characters, not enough time to love them all -- Hoffman's lyrical prose again draws you in to the implausible (''She stayed with them like a leaf caught between branches...so translucent you could see right through into the next world''). Not quite as bewitching as 1995's ''Practical Magic,'' but still enchanting.

Originally posted Jun 27, 2003 Published in issue #716-717 Jun 27, 2003 Order article reprints