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
This is the story of Ben, Lucy and Clare. Three amazing characters all living very different lives until a shocking incident connects them all and brings their worlds much closer together. It was an absolutely stunning book to read and am very grateful to The Pigeonhole app - and the author! - for allowing me to welcome these characters in to my life!
Ben is just 6 years old and is witness to a most brutal tragedy that takes away his mother. How he deals with that is to shut down and becomes 'Leo ...more
A lovely book in which Lucy, a physician, and Ben, a young boy, help to tell Clare's story. I'll admit to being. tad confused for a bit as to where this was going but I was so taken by the characters and the map of the tale became clear. Lucy care for Ben when he is brought into the emergency room after his mother and friends are murdered. He insists, however, that his name is Leo and he's seeking Clare. At the same time, you meet Clare, a woman who leaves her husband and loses her son in a horr ...more
Being invited to a birthday party isn‘t something that comes easy for Ben. Too many things can happen, all is so unpredictable with other boys, but his mother can convince him to go nevertheless. And then, the most unexpected happens: a murderer comes to the party and kills the two mothers in the house as well as all of the kids, except for Ben. In hospital, Lucy can only determine that he hasn’t been hurt physically, but there seems to be a kind of trauma since Ben wants to be called Leo and re ...more
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 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
Thank you to NetGalley and Scribner for an E-arc of this title in exchange for my honest review. Wow. I stayed up reading this book long into the night, knowing it would be worth being tired the next day. I love an alternating narration, and The Possible World tells the story from 3 points of view, one of whom is a young child. This seems like it would be difficult to do well, but Schwartz has done just that. A young boy survives a terrible crime, and his story soon gets woven with the past, wit ...more
I rarely request titles from the "General/Adult Fiction" category on NetGalley but when I do I usually find I have an enoyable time exploring a different genre to my usuals. While there were some plus points to the book there were also quite significant shortfalls.
Okay, Let's begin with the good points. The writing is pretty perfect and Schwarz injects the story with some unique and special ideas adding to its originality. The characters were authentic and realistic which was absolutely necessar ...more
Usually when I read a book like this, with a bit of a curve ball at its centre, I feel a little cheated but this book was so brilliant that I easily forgave the author for "going down that road"
Ben is six years old and is at a party when someone breaks in and kills the rest of the people there. He is saved as he was in the loo at the time. He is brought into the trauma unit of the local hospital where he is assessed by Lucy, an overworked doctor and admitted to a ward for psych evaluation. He ap ...more