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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
From the Trade Paperback edition.
From Publishers Weekly
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Better than the movie...
The movie bares little resemblance to the book. I loved the movie, but love the book that much more. The book has more to offer with more vivid characters and a stronger more compelling story.
A wonderful story of sisterhood, family, friendship and strife. I'll read it 100 more times!
The movie is better
Alice Hoffman has a unique writing style that you can feel in her books. It's not one that resonates with me. I've read this and the Story Sisters. Didn't love either. However, I have seen the movie for practical magic and I adore it. It is almost like they are two separate stories! There are so many differences in the plot execution, and the disconnected way the book is written doesn't draw me into the characters the way the movie does. I usually prefer the book to the movie. Not here.