Practical Magic

Practical Magic

Book - 2003
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"[A] delicious fantasy of witchcraft and love in a world where gardens smell of lemon verbena and happy endings are possible."-- Cosmopolitan

The Owens sisters confront the challenges of life and love in this bewitching novel from New York Times bestselling author Alice Hoffman.

For more than two hundred years, the Owens women have been blamed for everything that has gone wrong in their Massachusetts town. Gillian and Sally have endured that fate as well: as children, the sisters were forever outsiders, taunted, talked about, pointed at. Their elderly aunts almost seemed to encourage the whispers of witchery, with their musty house and their exotic conconctions and their crowd of black cats. But all Gillian and Sally wanted was to escape.

One will do so by marrying, the other by running away. But the bonds they share will bring them back--almost as if by magic...

"Splendid... Practical Magic is one of [Hoffman's] best novels, showing on every page her gift for touching ordinary life as if with a wand, to reveal how extraordinary life really is." --Newsweek

Publisher: New York : Berkley Books, 2003, c1995
ISBN: 9780425190371
Branch Call Number: FICTION HOFFMAN
Characteristics: 286 p. ; 21 cm


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For more than two hundred years, the Owens women had been blamed for everything that went wrong in their Massachusetts town.

For more than two hundred years, the Owens women had been blamed for everything that went wrong in their Massachusetts town.

The story of two sisters, Gillian & Sally Owens, brought up by their elderly guardian aunts in a small New England town. The aunts possess magic that they in turn hand down to their nieces.

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Joanella Apr 05, 2015

A very enjoyable read. Delightful and entertaining.

WVMLStaffPicks Dec 30, 2014

The Washington Post coined the phrase Yankee Magical Realism to describe Hoffman's work. In the Owen family, three generations of women weave their spells of magic and love, making lilacs bloom out of season and hearts race with passion. An amazing read from an author who improves with each book.

Jun 12, 2014

Alice Hoffman's magical realism and prose delight me. I will eat her words (in the best, most delicious way possible).

I think of this as one of my "safety blanket books" that I have reread countless times. Sometimes I'll just pick it up and read a portion because it makes me feel comfortable and happy - hence, safety blanket book.

Nov 20, 2012

It's sacrilege when people prefer the movie over the book, especially when the book isn't pandering to its audience. Hoffman has a certain touch to all her books and has just the right amount of detail to give you an idea of what's going on. In comparison to the movie, this book isn't strictly plot driven. It mostly describes the lives of the characters and the transformations they go through. In comparison to the's more honest and authentic. The movie touches at your romantic core while the book is just touching. Nuff said.

Jun 13, 2012

Good, relatively light reading. I loved how magic was casually interspersed into the story.

Nov 12, 2011

An enjoyable way to spend some free time. The magical aspect in all of Hoffman's books (at least the ones I've read thus far) is always fun. Relationships and love are are at the forefront here, so it's definitely chick-lit.

aliciamccreath Jun 24, 2011

This book was good, not great. Oddly, i liked the movie better.

Jun 11, 2009

Not the greatest book. Watch the movie instead.


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