The Possible World

The Possible World

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'Every now and then I come across a book I wish I'd written. The Possible World is one of those... A gorgeously wrought exploration of who gets to tell the story of our lives, and who gets to inhabit that story with us' Jodi Picoult

Ben is the sole survivor of a crime that claims his mother and countless others. He is just six years old, and already he must find a new place for himself in the world.

Lucy, the doctor who tends to Ben, is grappling with a personal upheaval of her own. She feels a profound connection to the little boy who has lived through the unthinkable. Will recovering his memory heal him, or damage him further?

Clare has long believed that the lifetime of secrets she's been keeping don't matter to anyone anymore, until an unexpected encounter prompts her to tell her story.

As they each struggle to confront the events - past and present - that have defined their lives, something stronger than fate is working to bring them together...
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Product details

  • Paperback | 400 pages
  • 153 x 234 x 30mm | 489g
  • Hutchinson
  • London, United Kingdom
  • English
  • 1786331195
  • 9781786331199
  • 1,052,551

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"The Possible World doesn't shrink from grimness and is as grippy as any crime novel yet is ultimately joyful and optimistic." Anne Marie Scanlon The Irish Independent 20180618
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"In hauntingly beautiful prose, Schwarz weaves a complicated story that spans nearly a century, from the Great Depression until the present day... Full of imagination and nostalgia, loss and redemption" * Kirkus *
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About Liese O'Halloran Schwarz

Liese O'Halloran Schwarz is an ER doctor who wrote her first novel, Near Canaan, while she was still at medical school. Now, nearly thirty years on, her second novel, The Possible World, traces the converging lives of a young boy who witnesses a brutal murder, the doctor who tends to him, and an elderly woman guarding long-buried secrets.
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1,386 ratings
4.05 out of 5 stars
5 34% (470)
4 43% (594)
3 18% (256)
2 4% (57)
1 1% (9)
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