Practical Magic by Alice Hoffman

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From the New York Times best-selling author of The Dovekeepers...

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 outsiders. Their elderly aunts almost seemed to encourage the whispers of witchery, 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 brought them back-almost as if by magic...


About Alice Hoffman

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Alice Hoffman is the author of fifteen novels: Blue Diary (2001), The River King (2000), Local Girls (1999), Here On Earth (1997), Practical Magic (1995), Second Nature (1994), Turtle Moon (1992), Seventh Heaven (1990), At Risk (1988), Illumination Night (1987), Fortune's Daughter (1985), White Horses (1982), Angel Landing (1980), The Drowning Season (1979), and Property Of (1977). She is also the author of three children's books: Aquamarine (2001), Horsefly (2000), and Fireflies (1997). Born in New York City, and raised on Long Island, Hoffman graduated from Adelphi University and received an M.A. from Stanford University, where she was Mirrielees Fellow. She currently lives near Boston with her family and her dogs.
Published August 5, 2003 by Berkley. 308 pages
Genres: Science Fiction & Fantasy, Literature & Fiction, Humor & Entertainment, Religion & Spirituality, Romance. Fiction

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But it's just too hard to believe the magic here, maybe because it's not so much practical magic as it is predictable magic, with its crones and bubbling cauldrons and hearts of animals pierced with pins.

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Her 11th novel is Hoffman's best since Illumination Night. Again a scrim of magic lies gently over her fictional world, in which lilacs bloom riotously in July, a lovesick boy's elbows sizzle on a din

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Orphaned Sally and Gillian Owens, raised by their spinster aunts in a spooky old house, grow up observing desperate women buying love potions in the kitchen and vow never to commit their hearts to passion.

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Sally and Gillian Owens are orphaned at a very young age.

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Book Reporter

Falling in and out of love from one week to the next --- if not day to day --- Gillian is balanced by older sibling Sally.

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Entertainment Weekly

And so it is with her latest novel, Practical Magic: Spells are cast, a dead criminal causes the rampant bloom of lilacs, and the two main characters — orphaned sisters named Gillian and Sally — have latent powers that allow them to see ghosts and inspire undying love.

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Reviews Philosophy About Our Affiliates Books & Audios Recently Reviewed This story revolves around two orphaned sisters brought up by their guardian aunts who are witches.

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Boston Review

From a safe, adult distance, fables and folk tales are easily falsified -- the morals, magic, and happy endings taking far longer to fade than those images of the night-mind: mistreated children and animals, the impossible quests, the pervasive violence.

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