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The Possible World

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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ISBN : 9781501166143
Format Type : Hardcover
Number of Pages : 368 pages
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The Possible World Reviews

  • Judy Collins

    Review to follow.

  • Jennifer ~ TarHeelReader & Traveling Sister

    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.
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  • Alecia

    I am rounding up a 3.5 review to 4 stars because of the lovely writing and wonderful characterizations. The problem I had was in the (to me) slightly creaking structure of this book. Told from many points of view, it got a bit confusing to me when it toggled between Ben and Leo, and it took awhile to adjust to time and place differences. The beginning scene is both horrific and told very well. I also thought that the medical scenes with Lucy, the ER Dr., seemed realistic.

    The chapters on Lucy, Be
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  • Gail Wylde

    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

  • Jacqueline Burke

    Thank you Netgalley and publishers for providing an ARC of this title in exchange for an honest opinion. What a wonderful novel The Possible World is! This story unfolds through the perspectives of three narrators: Lucy, an overworked trauma doctor, Clare, a reclusive elderly woman with no family recording her life story on cassette tape while in a nursing home, and Ben/Leo, an 11 year old boy who is witness to a brutal mass murder that included his mother, and is now living on a psych ward as t ...more

  • Megan

    This is going to be a difficult one to review, because I don’t want to give any hint of the plot away. But I’ll do my best!

    The book follows three people –

    Ben is a young boy and a survivor of a horrific attack that took his mother and friends. Alone in the hospital, he doesn’t seem to remember anything that happened to him.

    Lucy is a doctor in the midst of a painful break up and an immensely pressured time at work. She is called to treat Ben when he is first admitted to hospital, and no matter wha
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  • Angela M



    This book was everything that it says in the description on Goodreads and Edelweiss and more. I was glad for that. I found a lovely story of connections among three characters two of whom are in need of finding a way forward out of loss and grief and a third facing the past she needs to come to terms with as she reaches her 100th birthday. Having said that, I did take issue that an important element of the story was omitted from the description. I thought that it should have been honestly repres
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  • Ann

    What a stunning story. Three people who have never met but whose lives are affected by each other's actions. This book deals with second chances and a persuasive argument for reincarnation or past lives. Clare is almost 100 years old and living a lonely life in a nursing home. One of the residents makes it her mission to become friends and throughout the book Clare tells Gloria her life's story. Lucy is an ER doctor who treats Ben, a young boy who survives a massacre. Ben wakes up in the ER beli ...more