Alice Hoffman: Practical Magic

by Rachel Baker on August 17, 2013

I got this book because Practical Magic, the movie, is one of my favorites.  Though not exactly the same fun as the movie, the book was just as good and in a different way was just as magical.

I liked it, but I didn’t love it. Maybe that’s on me and not the author, since I had incredibly high hopes based on my enjoyment of the movie.  So many of the reviews for a Hoffman book specifically mentions her beautiful prose. I like the way she writes too, but sometimes the writing is a bit too flowery in some places, and I get a bit bored.

If you are looking for the whimsical fantasy of the Practical Magic movie, you won’t find it in the book.  However, if you are looking for the same wonderfully magical love story between sisters (and, of course, between a man and a woman) that you found in the movie, then by all means pick up this book and read it. You won’t be disappointed.

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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 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…

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