The Possibilities: A Novel
Publisher: Simon & Schuster
Date: May 2014
Duration: 9 hours 32 minutes
Sarah St. John, a single mother, is reeling: three months ago, her twenty-one-year-old son Cully died in an avalanche near their home in the ski resort town of Breckenridge, Colorado.
Sarah is trying her best to go through the stages—the anger, the sadness, the letting go. Her father, a retiree who has become addicted to QVC, urges Sarah to go back to work at Breckenridge’s local morning show. Her best friend, a recent divorcee who always manages to say the wrong things, convinces Sarah to sort through Cully’s belongings. Sarah has choice words for both of them. She tries to keep her grief at bay, masking her pain with a sarcasm that even she hates to hear. Perhaps it’s temporary….and the only way forward? Slowly, Sarah is coming to terms with a world without the swish of her son’s ski pants or the rolling of his skateboard outside her window.
Then a girl named Kit appears on Sarah’s doorstep—and she’s carrying a secret that will change their lives irrevocably.
THE POSSIBILITIES is a tender and darkly funny story about the fracturing and healing that takes place within a family after tragedy. Told in Hemmings’s unsentimental and refreshingly wry style, this uplifting novel asks difficult questions about what we will risk to keep our loved ones close.