The Possible World by Liese O'Halloran Schwarz

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. He’s traumatized and wordless; everything he knows has been taken...

Details The Possible World

TitleThe Possible World
Release DateJun 26th, 2018
GenreFiction, Contemporary, Historical, Historical Fiction, Mystery, Crime

Reviews The Possible World

  • 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...
  • 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. ...
  • Marialyce
    5 most gracious lovely starsYou can find my reviews at: https://yayareadslotsofbooks.wordpres...There is beauty in love, in family, in the things one does with others, with the lives we have been given. There is wonderment at the ways of living, its joys and sorrows, as well as the belief that all is possible.We are introduced to three wonderful characters in this beautifully written novel. There is Lucy, a doctor working the emergency room, over...
  • Fictionophile
    Heart-breaking, heart-warming, and compelling literary fiction. This book is a must read!Amazing!The characters in this novel were unforgettable and I miss them already.First we meet Ben. He is a trepidatious boy who is small for his age. While attending a birthday party for one of his friends, Ben's world will come crashing down as he experiences a horrific trauma."We're all of us obsessed with our own story. Especially those of us near the end ...
  • Lou
    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 aut...
  • Joyce
    5 starsI read the Kindle Edition.Leo (as he prefers to be known when his real name is Ben), is a young boy, perhaps five or six, who is the sole survivor of a horrific mass murder. He turns out to be the young son of another resident at the hospital with whom Lucy was acquainted whose name was Karen. Clare is nearly one hundred-years old and living in a care center. She is much more on the ball than the home attendants and other residents think s...
  • The Cats Mother
    This lovely but sad book set in Rhode Island, tells the story of Lucy, overworked Emergency resident, six year old prodigy Ben, small for his age 11 year old Leo, given up by his mother to live in an orphanage, and Clare, the elderly resident of a nursing home.Lucy, who has recently separated from her husband and is on the verge of burnout from the relentless demands of her job, meets Ben when he is brought into the ER as the only survivor of a h...
  • Carla Buckley
    A compelling and gorgeously-written story about how chance meetings can send resounding ripples across generations and deep into the most unexpected and poignant places. If you loved ALL THE LIGHT WE CANNOT SEE, you will more than love THE POSSIBLE WORLD. I HIGHLY recommend this novel!
  • 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...
  • Patty
    Thank you to Scribner and NetGalley for allowing me to read an advance copy of Liese O’Halloran Schwarz’s The Possible World, A Novel. The rating and review are my own thoughts and opinions, and have not been influenced by receiving this book to read.The Possible World is a story narrated from 3 points of view. Ben - a young child who survives the frightful trauma of witnessing a murder scene and is left with no memory, Lucy - the ER doctor w...
  • 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 wh...
  • Sue Fernandez
    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...
  • Charlotte Burt
    I finished this late last night, then felt bereft. Tempted to go back to the beginning and read it again I loved it that much.
  • Sue Bottino
    Amazing! Fantastic! One of the best books I've read in a long time. The characters were so rich and so well-developed. Highly, highly recommend. I absolutely loved this book!
  • Sue
    If only this had just been Clare’s story, and Leo’s story, and their relationship I’d have been so happy. I’d have been delighted if there had been much, much more of Clare’s story and none of Lucy’s or Ben’s, and certainly none of the hospital procedure and hypnotherapy used to link them to the main action. This author is a great storyteller but for me the structure of this novel felt contrived and distracted from her main achievem...
  • 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 ...
  • Jennifer
    I absolutely LOVED this book!!!! The cover of the book caught my eye and the story ended being amazing. It was beautifully written. This is one of those books that I find myself randomly thinking about, especially while driving home from work. The characters and their story just stuck with me. I loved everything about it- the story, characters and writing style. The characters just all came together, they ended up being connected even though Ben,...
  • 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 Be...
  • Christina McDonald
    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, u...
  • Judy Collins
    Review to follow.
  • Karen Mace
    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 h...
  • Tammy
    5 ☆ LOVED it!A deeply moving and unbelievable story that I couldn’t help but get caught up in. I found it wonderful how the characters spanning through a century all connected at the end, even though they didn’t initially know each other at the beginning. And all were very likable! That’s powerful writing! It’s fascinating the author is an emergency-medicine doctor herself as is one of her characters, Lucy. This is a keeper, unputdownab...
  • Kathleen Gray
    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 ...
  • Breakaway Reviewers
    The story of three interwoven, but separate lives.Ben, Lucy and Clare are of different generations, but their lives have a connection in the most surprising way and this develops gradually as the story progresses.Ben is the sole survivor of a terrible crime in which his mother and many others are brutally murdered. He is only six years old and the trauma of the event forces him to escape into another world and blot out the event which changed his...
  • Nicki
    I very much enjoyed The Possible Wprld. Although dealing with the strange idea of reincarnation,, I found the book believable, contemporary and challenging (in a good way.) It is incredibly well written and I felt immersed In the worlds of the four main characters, one of whom was a 6 year old boy. I find novels often struggle to provide a realistic ‘voice of the child’ but in this case both children were written in an incredibly touching and...
  • Kath
    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 ...
  • miss.mesmerized mesmerized
    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 ...
  • Sarah Connor
    This is a multi-strand book, that has an impossible element to it, but it's made absolutely believable by the powerful writing, and by the intense grounding in detailed reality in all the other areas of the book. At the start, it was really hard to see how the disparate stories would come together, but Liese wove things together skilfully. There were no emotional jars - the characters all developed, but stayed true to themselves, and the ending w...
  • 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 ...