An astonishing, deeply moving novel about the converging lives of a young boy who witnesses a brutal murder, the doctor who tends to him, and an elderly woman guarding her long buried past.It seems like just another night shift for Lucy, an overworked ER physician in Providence, Rhode Island, until six-year-old Ben is brought in as the sole survivor from a horrifying crime scene. Hes traumatized and wordless; everything he knows has been taken from him in an afternoon. Its not clear what he saw, or what he remembers.Lucy, whos grappling with a personal upheaval of her own, feels a profound, unexpected connection to the little boy. She wants to help himbut will recovering his memory heal him, or damage him further? Across town, Clare will soon be turning one hundred years old. She has long believed that the lifetime of secrets shes been keeping dont matter to anyone anymore, but a surprising encounter makes her realize that the time has come to tell her story. As Ben, Lucy, and Clare struggle to confront the events that shattered their lives, something stronger than fate is working to bring them together. An expertly stitched story that spans nearly a centuryfrom the Great Depression through the Vietnam War era and into the presentThe Possible World is a captivating novel about the complicated ways our pasts shape our identities, the power of maternal love, the loneliness born out of loss, and how timeless bonds can help us triumph over grief....
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The Possible World Reviews
A unique story about the lives we live and how they inhabit our memories, The Possible World is compelling and absorbing with exquisite prose and beautiful characterization. It isn’t my usual genre, but it was so absorbing, the characters so compelling, the prose so exquisite, I couldn’t put it down.
The story opens with a bang with Ben (Leo), who is the only survivor of a vicious crime that claims his mother’s life. Ben is left all alone, unable to remember what happened to his mother. Instead, ...more
The Possible World will pull you along by your heartstrings. With perfectly paced changes in narration, we spend a fulfilling time with Clare, Lucy, Ben, and Leo. The Possible World is grounded and stable, not wanting you to put it down, despite the fact that the storyline is nonlinear and secrets and characters' stories are revealed slowly and carefully.
There's so much thoughtfulness in this book, and with the theme shining brightly as hope and perseverance, that thoughtfulness keeps anything f ...more
Review: The Possible World
This book is quite simply magical!
Imagine the Fates weaving their tapestries, tying people together and cutting threads. The Possible World had some of that mystery about it, with the different lives of Leo, Clare and Lucy zigging and zagging closer together and then further apart. Finding out the ways that they are connected was a joy.
In a way, this novel felt like two novels interlaid with each other. First there is the story of Leo, the little boy who is the only ...more
This was an engrossing, emotional read which I LOVED! It follows the stories of Ben/Leo, Lucy and Clare, all very strong characters who will get under your skin and into your head/heart, who really seem to be unconnected. I'm really finding it hard to review this without giving anything away! Just suffice to say you will cry, you will smile but you really will never forget this story. I will be recommending this to all and this will certainly be one of my favourite books of this year. I cannot w ...more
I read the Kindle Edition.
Leo (as he prefers to be known when his real name is Ben), is a young boy, perhaps five or six, who is the sole survivor of a horrific mass murder. He turns out to be the young son of another resident at the hospital with whom Lucy was acquainted whose name was Karen. Clare is nearly one hundred-years old and living in a care center. She is much more on the ball than the home attendants and other residents think she is, although she prefers to be alone with her m ...more
The Possible World is everything! 🌟 🌟 🌟 🌟 🌟
This is exactly the kind of book in which I get completely absorbed. I had to remind my family that I was reading because The Possible World had me wrapped. It was engrossing, emotional, and thoughtful, and everything I want a book to be.
The Possible World has three main characters who narrate, and just wait until you have the opportunity to meet them. My love for each overflows.
The book opens with six-year-old Ben attending a friend’s birthday party. ...more
I very much enjoyed The Possible Wprld. Although dealing with the strange idea of reincarnation,, I found the book believable, contemporary and challenging (in a good way.) It is incredibly well written and I felt immersed In the worlds of the four main characters, one of whom was a 6 year old boy. I find novels often struggle to provide a realistic ‘voice of the child’ but in this case both children were written in an incredibly touching and sympathetic way. I was keen to find out what happened ...more
I absolutely LOVED this book!!!! The cover of the book caught my eye and the story ended being amazing. It was beautifully written. This is one of those books that I find myself randomly thinking about, especially while driving home from work. The characters and their story just stuck with me. I loved everything about it- the story, characters and writing style. The characters just all came together, they ended up being connected even though Ben, Lucy and Clare didn't initially know each other. ...more