The Probable Future

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A New York Times and National Bestseller

The women of the Sparrow family have lived in New England for generations. Each one is born in the month of March and at the age of thirteen each develops an unusual gift. Elinor can sense a lie. Her daughter, Jenny, can see other people’s dreams. Granddaughter Stella 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 many years. But as Stella struggles to deal with her disturbing clairvoyance, the unthinkable happens: one of her premonitions lands her father in jail, wrongly accused of murder.

The ordeal leads Stella to her grandmother and to Cake House, the Sparrow’s ancestral home, filled with talismans and fraught with history. Now three generations of Sparrow women must come together to turn Stella’s potential to ruin into the potential to redeem.



“Delicious… Hoffman is an unapologetic optimist, and optimism is in short supply these days. It feels like a vacation to curl up with this fairy tale.”
The New York Times Book Review

“Full-bodied, wholly absorbing characters….Hoffman’s storytelling is as spellbinding as ever.”
Publishers Weekly starred review

“A thrilling adventure of literary alchemy… a magical, mystical tour de force of pure entertainment.”
The Seattle Times