The Possibilities

A Novel

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Pub Date Jul 25 2023 | Archive Date Nov 30 2023

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Description

A new mother ventures into parallel worlds to find her missing child in this “wildly inventive” (San Francisco Chronicle) novel that turns the joys and anxieties of parenthood into an epic quest, “a powerful page-turner with deep wisdom” (People).

“An original take on motherhood, The Possibilities taps into those primal feelings every nurturer feels—and fears.”—Good Morning America

A SHE READS BEST BOOK OF THE YEAR


What if the life you didn’t live was as real as the one you did?

Hannah is having a bad day. A bad month. A bad year? That feels terrible to admit, since her son Jack was born just eight months ago and she loves him more than anything. But ever since his harrowing birth, she can’t shake the feeling that it could have gone the other way. That her baby might not have made it. Terrifying visions of the different paths her life could have taken begin to disrupt her cozy, claustrophobic days with Jack, destabilizing her marriage and making her husband concerned for her mental health. Are the strange things Hannah is seeing just new-mom anxiety, or is something truly weird and sinister afoot? What if Hannah really did unlock a dark force during childbirth?

When Hannah’s worst nightmare comes true and Jack disappears from his crib, she must tap into an extraordinary ability she never knew she had in order to save him: She must enter different versions of her life while holding on to what is most important to her in this one to bring her child back home.

From the intimate joys of parenthood to the cosmic awe of the multiverse, The Possibilities is an ingenious and wildly suspenseful novel that stares down into the dizzying depths of maternal love, vulnerability, and strength.
A new mother ventures into parallel worlds to find her missing child in this “wildly inventive” (San Francisco Chronicle) novel that turns the joys and anxieties of parenthood into an epic quest, “a...

Advance Praise

 “[This engaging novel] blends an intimate view of new motherhood with an ingenious story of a multiverse. . . . The author plumbs the depths of her protagonist’s conflicted emotions, showing how Hannah is split between a desire to preserve her sense of self before Jack and the pull to give herself over to her new identity as a mother. The result is a memorable story about the limits of a parent’s ability to protect their child from harm.”

--Publishers Weekly

"Unpredictable and a page turner, equal parts passion and philosophy, The Possibilities is the tense and twisty tale of an imperiled child, a crumbling marriage, and the desperate woman who is trying to save them both." 

--Karen Joy Fowler, author of Booth

"The Possibilities had me intrigued, then gripped, and by its end, greatly moved by its exploration of the quite literally existential stakes of loving another person. Within hours of finishing this novel, I found myself quoting it in conversation. A bravura, unforgettable performance." 

--Namwali Serpell, author of The Furrows

“At once a profoundly insightful exploration of motherhood in all its joys and sorrows, and the best kind of mind-bending speculative fiction. The combination will bend your mind and your heart." 

--Ayelet Waldman, author of A Really Good Day

"The Possibilities hooked me immediately with its ingenious premise and a story so suspenseful I had no choice but to ignore everything to read to its stunning conclusion. But more than being compelled by the novel's plot, I was moved and ignited by its profound ideas: that the enormous responsibility of being a parent is at once beautiful and terrifying, and that in order to understand ourselves as parents, we must also grasp and puzzle out our complicated, painful past. Yael Goldstein-Love is an enormous talent. I loved this book!"

--Edan Lepucki, author of Woman No. 17


“[This engaging novel] blends an intimate view of new motherhood with an ingenious story of a multiverse. . . . The author plumbs the depths of her protagonist’s conflicted emotions, showing how...


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ISBN 9780593446485
PRICE $27.00 (USD)
PAGES 304

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