When the women in the Sparrow family reach thirteen, they develop a unique ability.
In young Stella's case, the gift, which is both a blessing and a curse, is the ability to see a person's probable future.
Stella foresees a gruesome murder, and tells her charming, feckless father about it, but it is too late - the murder has already been committed and suspicion falls on him.
Hoffman unlocks the caskets of family life and the secret history of a community in this magical story about young love and old love, about making choices - usually the wrong ones - about foresight and consequences, all suffused with the haunting scent of roses and wisteria, and the hum of bees on a summer evening.
- Format: Paperback
- Pages: 336 pages
- Publisher: Vintage Publishing
- Publication Date: 22/05/2004
- Category: Modern & contemporary fiction (post c 1945)
- ISBN: 9780099453864