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Practical Magicby Alice Hoffman
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Practical Magic is a tale of two sisters, Gillian and Sally Owens, brought up by their two elderly guardian aunts in a world of spells and exotica from which they eventually escape — one by running away, the other by marrying — but which never escapes from them. Many years go by before strange circumstances thrust them together again, and again they are in a world that blends the mundane and the mysterious, the familiar and the fantastic, the normal and the numinous. Three generations of Owens women are then united in an experience of unexpected insight and revelation, teaching all of them that the perceptions provided by what is called the magical are rare and wonderful endowments.
"Hoffman's best since Illumination Night....The real and the magical worlds are almost seamlessly mixed here, the humor is sharper than in previous books, the characters' eccentricities grow credibly out of their past experiences and the poignant lessons they learn reverberate against the reader's heartstrings, stroked by Hoffman's lyrical prose." Publishers Weekly
"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....There's magic throughout the book....But the real spell is the one cast by Hoffman's splendid writing." Newsweek
"Magic, fantasy, and full-tilt love-at-first-sight have figured in all of Hoffman's sexy, funny, and endearing novels, but they blossom as they never have before in her latest effort....Hoffman has created a cosmic romance leavened with just the right touch of pragmatism and humor." Donna Seaman, Booklist
"Practical Magic is vintage Hoffman." School Library Journal
From the bestselling author of "Blue Diary" comes a novel that reveals what happens when magic competes with real love. At the heart of this work are Gillian and Sally Owens, whose conjuring spinster aunts raised them not with square meals and curfews but with magic spells and respect for the powers of nature.
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 the Author
Alice Hoffman is the author of Blue Diary; Property Of; The Drowning Season; Angel Landing; White Horses; Illumination Night; Fortune's Daughter; At Risk; Seventh Heaven; Turtle Moon; Second Nature; Practical Magic; Here on Earth; Local Girls; and The River King. Her most recent novel is The Probable Future. She lives outside Boston.
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