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The probable future
Alice Hoffman
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Summary: 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. InThe Probable Futurethis 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 Futurechronicles 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 Futureshowcases the lavish literary gifts that have made Alice Hoffman one of America's most treasured writers.

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main characters Elinor Sparrow
Jenny's mother; Stella's grandmother; has the ability to instantly detect falsehoods.

Jenny Sparrow Avery
Elinor's daughter; Stella's mother; has the ability to see the dreams of others when they sleep.

Stella Sparrow Avery
Age: Teenager
Jenny's daughter; Elinor's granddaughter; able to see people's deaths.

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