The Possibilities (Hardcover)

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Virgie's Staff Pick (June 2014): “This life has so many lifetimes” … and so many possibilities to imagine.

Living in Steamboat, this story was appealing to me for it’s ski town setting of Breckenridge.

This is a story of a mother dealing with the accidental death of her 22 year old son. It brings together a colorful cast of characters from this young man’s life, and views the variety of ways these characters grieve; how does one seek comfort from such a tragedy, and from whom?

Although it is a somber topic, I found much hope and humor within the pages. I’d call this a perfect vacation book to read if you are looking for warmth!

— From Virgie's Picks


In this highly anticipated novel from the bestselling author of The Descendants, a grieving mother struggles to overcome her son's death, when a strange girl enters her life with a secret that changes them both forever.

From New York Times bestselling author Kaui Hart Hemmings comes the highly anticipated follow-up to The Descendants.

IN THE IDYLLIC SKI TOWN of Breckenridge, Colorado, Sarah St. John is reeling. Three months ago, her twenty-two-year-old son, Cully, died in an avalanche. Though single, Sarah is hardly alone in her grief. Her father, a retiree, tries to distract her with gadgets from the QVC home shopping channel. Sarah's best friend offers life advice by venting details of her own messy divorce. Even Cully's father reemerges, stirring more emotions and confusion than Sarah needs. Still, Sarah feels she is facing the stages of grief--the anger, the sadness, the letting go--alone.

Barely ready to face the fact she will never again hear the swoosh of her son's ski pants, or watch him skateboard past her window, Sarah is surprised when a strange girl arrives on her doorstep. Unexpected and unexplained, she bears a secret from Cully that could change all of their lives forever.

Kaui Hart Hemmings highlights the subtle poignancies of grief and relationships in this stunning look at people faced with impossible choices in the wake of a tragedy. With the unsentimental and refreshingly wry style famous for presenting trouble in paradise in The Descendants, Hemmings in The Possibilities considers the difficult questions of what we risk to keep our loved ones close.
Product Details
ISBN: 9781476725796
ISBN-10: 1476725799
Publisher: Simon & Schuster
Publication Date: May 13th, 2014
Pages: 288
Language: English