Practical Magic

Practical Magic

Book - 1995
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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. And Gillian and Sally 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 concoctions and their crowd of black cats. But all Gillian and Sally wanted was to escape. One would do so by marrying, the other by running away. But the bonds they shared, even into adulthood, brought them back--almost as if by magic...
Publisher: New York : Putnam, c1995.
ISBN: 9780399140556
Branch Call Number: HOFF
Characteristics: 244p. 24cm.


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AL_ASHLEY Jan 05, 2018

While there are many stories unfolding for each individual, this book is really about family relationships and love. The character development was great and the flow of the book felt effortless.

Oct 28, 2017

First, let me start off by confessing that I did see the movie first. I saw the movie years ago when it first came out and loved it. It is still one of my favorites. I guess the real question is, what took me so long to read the book? I can't answer that, except to say that the book is very different from the movie. (I hate to say it, but I did like the movie better.)

When I saw that Hoffman released a prequel of sorts to this novel, I decided it was time to read this one. It is still the story of sisters. Both wanting more than just being an Owens woman and the burdens that carries. One sister will run away, the other will marry and try to be someone different. In the end, the sisters will come back to each other. They will fight, they will love, they will learn...together. The writing is eloquent, if a bit spare. The story left me wanting more, and I can't explain why.

The prequel, The Rules of Magic came out on October 10, 2017 and tells the story of the aunts. I definitely need to read this one sooner, rather than later.

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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