The Probable Future (Ballantine Reader''s Circle)

by Alice Hoffman | Literature & Fiction |
ISBN: 0345455916 Global Overview for this book
Registered by Lizabeth86 of Middletown, Connecticut USA on 3/5/2009
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Journal Entry 1 by Lizabeth86 from Middletown, Connecticut USA on Thursday, March 05, 2009
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Amazon Editorial Review:

The women of the Sparrow family have lived in New England for generations. Each is born in the month of March, and at the age of thirteen, each develops an unusual gift. Elinor can literally smell a lie. Her daughter, Jenny, can see people’s dreams as they’re dreaming them. Granddaughter Stella, newly a teen, has just developed the ability to see how other people will die. Ironically, it is their gifts that have kept Elinor and Jenny apart for the last twenty-five years. But as Stella struggles to cope with her disturbing clairvoyance, the unthinkable happens: One of her premonitions lands her father in jail, wrongly accused of homicide. The ordeal leads Stella to the grandmother she’s never met and to Cake House, the Sparrow ancestral home full of talismans and fraught with history. Now three generations of estranged Sparrow women must come together to turn Stella’s potential to ruin into a potential to redeem.

Journal Entry 2 by Lizabeth86 from Middletown, Connecticut USA on Tuesday, September 29, 2009
Mailed to Ace on 9/29/09

Journal Entry 3 by wingAceofHeartswing from Mississauga, Ontario Canada on Tuesday, October 06, 2009
received in the mail today. Thanks!! This must be a RABCK!!!!! Nice surprise!!!!

Journal Entry 4 by wingAceofHeartswing at Mississauga, Ontario Canada on Tuesday, July 20, 2010
Upon Stella Sparrow's thirteenth birthday she develops a skill to see how other people will die. Each of the woman born in the Sparrow clan has a different ability. Her mother (Jenny) sees other people's dreams and her grandmother (Elinor) can see when people lie. When Stella tries to prevent a murder, her father is accused of homicide.

Jenny must try to protect her daughter from all the media and turmoil of the trial and decides to send her to her hometown of Unity and the ancestral home, Cake House. The problem is Jenny has been estranged from her mother for years and they must now join forces to protect Stella. Stella loves it in Unity and is attracted to two boys, one good and one bad.

This is a wonderful story about the relationships of the females in a family, the conflict of mother-daughter and the pangs of growing up and growing wiser. It is also about choosing the love of your life and not the lust of your life. I thoroughly enjoyed the book and the magic it created.

Journal Entry 5 by HoserLauren at Toronto, Ontario Canada on Monday, August 16, 2010
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Journal Entry 6 by HoserLauren at Toronto, Ontario Canada on Monday, August 30, 2010
The females of the Sparrow family are all born in March and on their thirteenth birthday, wake up with an unusual ability. Elinor, the eldest of the family has the ability to tell when anyone is lying. Her daughter Jenny has the ability to see other's dreams and Jenny's daughter Stella has the ability to see how people are going to die.

Despite the Sparrow women being unified by these abilities, their family is dysfunctional. Jenny married good-for-nothing Will Avery, whom Elinor immediately took a dislike to because she could tell that he was lying constantly. Their relationship was already strained because Elinor was not there for Jenny the way she expected her to be. This just makes the relationship even worse. When Jenny and Will have a child, Jenny tries to keep Stella away from Elinor although to two secretly communicate. Circumstances lead the two back to the small town of Unity and Jenny's childhood home of the Cake House. Each learns more about their family and about themselves as they try to live together.

This book pulls you in right away with the unique premise that these women wake up with a gift on their thirteenth birthday. While I liked most of the characters and understood where they were coming from, I found Stella to be unnecessarily rude and took a disliking to her right away; one that I couldn't get over for the rest of the book. Really, this is a book about finding yourself and determining how one fits into their family. Despite my dislike for one of the main characters, I still found the book enjoyable.

Journal Entry 7 by wingAceofHeartswing at Mississauga, Ontario Canada on Sunday, January 15, 2012
mailed to turtle in trade for Haunted. Thanks!

Journal Entry 8 by TITurtle1 at Philadelphia, Pennsylvania USA on Wednesday, April 11, 2012
I got this book a little while ago! Sorry that its taken me so long to journal in. Looking forward to this! =]

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