The Possible World

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...

About the author

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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Why We Like It

  • '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
  • "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

Author

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.

How it works

The book will be delivered in 10 instalments (or staves), one every day. The instalments are delivered to your Pigeonhole bookshelf on your IOS or Android app, plus you can read on our web reader. You will receive an email letting you know when each stave is available.

We believe that shared reading leads to new ideas and connections. That’s why we have a dynamic commenting system which allows in-text discussion between our readers. Post a comment and all your fellow readers will be able to respond. You can also choose to receive notifications (customise them here) when someone responds to your comment, or, additionally, whenever a comment is left in the book.

As you read you will see round purple icons at the edge of certain paragraphs – tap on these to reveal behind-the-scenes extra content!

We kindly ask that you help us spread the brilliance of this book and support the author by leaving an Amazon review at the end the serialisation. The full book will be available on your Pigeonhole bookshelf for one month for you to read at your leisure. 

Any questions? Drop us a line on laurence@pigeonholepublishing.com.

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