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Practical Magic

by Alice Hoffman

Penguin Publishing Group | August 5, 2003 | Trade Paperback

Practical Magic is rated 4 out of 5 by 9.
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...

Format: Trade Paperback

Published: August 5, 2003

Publisher: Penguin Publishing Group

Language: English

The following ISBNs are associated with this title:

ISBN - 10: 0425190374

ISBN - 13: 9780425190371

Found in: Fiction and Literature

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Rated 2 out of 5 by from Practically Already Forgotten I was really looking forward to reading this book. But, I have to be honest ... I'm not so sure what all the excitement is about. For me, it was like a storybook for adults; similar to something I would read to my girls at bedtime, except this is aimed at an adult audience. It did not provoke any deep soul searching or questioning of ideals. I did not fall in love with the characters; I did not really relate to them in any meaningful way, I guess. For me, this book was just okay ... I read this book as part of a challenge to read 100 books in one year ... and I'm blogging as I go. Read all my thoughts on Practical Magic ... http://takenoutofcontext-jill.blogspot.com/2010/01/practically-already-forgotten.html
Date published: 2010-03-23
Rated 5 out of 5 by from The Real Sisterhood If you are expected something resembles the movie you won't find it here but read it anyway. This is especially great if you have a sister and love her style of writting.
Date published: 2009-04-25
Rated 3 out of 5 by from There are some things, after all, that Sally Owens knows for certain... When their parents died, Sally stepped up to bad, calming the sitter down long enough to have her riffle through her mother’s address book and called the aunts. If the aunts didn’t step up to the plate, Sally and Gillian would become wards of the state. The aunts took them in. While growing up, Sally and Gillian are teased and tormented while growing up, asll all Owens daughters are. Gillian, the youngest, rude and selfish, runs away at 18. Sally, ever so smart, calm and responsible, has done nothing but take care of them all, cleaning, laundry, healthy meals. She meets a man, falls in love and has two beautiful girls, Antonia and Kylie. When her husband dies, remained in bed for year before she finally awakens and begins fresh. She’s tired of the life she lives while in the aunts’ house; Kylie, the youngest, is much like Sally, while Antonia is growing up just as spoiled, rude and selfish as her aunt Gillian. Desperate for a change, she buys a house on Long Island and moves the girls away. And just when the monotony of life feels comfortable to Sally, Gillian shows up at her door in the middle of the night, her mean and abusive boyfriend, Jimmy, stone cold dead in the passenger seat of his car. In the heat of the moment, it’s decided they’d bury Jimmy in the back yard. And that’s when their lives completely change… While I thought the story was good, I had a hard time with it. Yes, the characters were interesting, watching them grow, and change from who they were to someone better, learning about themselves as they go along. When Hoffman wanted her character to be rude, the character was; happy, sad, determined… You could feel everything with the characters. But I had such a difficult time reading this one. There were no chapters, only four parts - which made it a long story with no breathing room. It was getting to the point where my attention was wandering and I wanted to skim the pages, which I barely refrained from doing. There was no separation between scenes from the past, present, and future; it’s reading memories as each of the characters are in focus, or what’s to come later. And no differentiation between characters, either. And for me, that’s a huge fault, and it took away from the book. I hate to say it, but if I’d read the book first, I may have never had the urge to watch the movie. And I own the movie on VHS and DVD. However, I thought the feelings and lessons learned were beautiful. How each learned to love, forgive, forget, changing themselves into a better person, is the best part of the story. I’m rating this one 3.5 stars - I say read it and come to your own conclusions.
Date published: 2008-11-18
Rated 5 out of 5 by from Wonderfully Written I watched and loved the DVD first, but then while browsing through my store I came upon the book and had to have it. I have now read it three times, and loved it every time. This book is a truly moving tale of love and magic through generations. I have since bought every other Alice Hoffman book I could get my hands on. This is a wonderful read and such a delight.
Date published: 2007-03-09
Rated 5 out of 5 by from A favourite Hands down my favourite feel-good book ever, ‘Practical Magic’ tells a three-generational tale of women who have the distinction of being different, and certainly not loved for being so. Sally desperately wants to be normal – so normal she has turned her back on the natural magics she can do so well. Gillian has spun the other way, being so wild and carefree (and careless) with the hearts of others, that she’s in danger of losing her own way. When life events crash Sally and Gillian back together, things will never be the same for them, their aunts, or Sally’s children – who are coming of age and starting to learn about their own magic. Written in a breathtaking tense of immediacy, ‘Practical Magic’ is just bursting at the seams with wonderful prose, depth of emotion, and characters you’re going to fall in love with.
Date published: 2006-07-19
Rated 4 out of 5 by from Excellent ! A fun magical read! I wanted to read the book before viewing the movie and I truly enjoyed reading this book. It is not so much a 'witch' book as so many of my Salem friends state, but focusses more on the relationship of sisters and family bonds. The ending is fun and pulls the entire book together. Looking forward to viewing the DVD!
Date published: 2005-08-28
Rated 3 out of 5 by from Good story, fair writing style I found the less fantastical storyline of the book more impressive than that of the movie. Hoffman shows that magic is being aware of how life unfolds and recognizing how and when to interfere or interface. That being said, I found the switching of verb tenses disconcerting at times, as well as the abrupt changes in story (such as dropping away from the one daughter running with her potential boyfriend to the arrival of the detective). I also found Hoffman's view of love and relationships to be somewhat one-sided at times, giving most people little credit for having any common sense while being in love. At first I was annoyed by the two-dimensional treatment of the aunts but realized by the final pages that this was necessary to allow the sisters' view of their aunts to permeate the story.
Date published: 2004-04-25
Rated 5 out of 5 by from i loved it i saw and own the movie, its one of my favorites. i thought if the movie was good the book should be a lot better. well the book was fantastic. i really enjoyed it. its pretty long but i read it in only about 2 weeks. i couldn't put it down and even though i had a good idea of what was going to happen, i still wanted to see if there were anymore turns the story would take before the ending. i really enjoyed this book.
Date published: 2003-07-23
Rated 4 out of 5 by from Great movie, and also a great book! If you have seen this movie or own it, you should really read this book. Also this book was made before the movie so there are a lot of differences in it. This was a great book about the love of two sisters that go through thick and thin through life and still find there way back to each other even through the bumpy times in life. This is a great book for people of all ages!
Date published: 2003-07-01

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Practical Magic

by Alice Hoffman

Format: Trade Paperback

Published: August 5, 2003

Publisher: Penguin Publishing Group

Language: English

The following ISBNs are associated with this title:

ISBN - 10: 0425190374

ISBN - 13: 9780425190371

From the Publisher

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 the best-selling The Dovekeepers and many other beloved novels, including 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.

Editorial Reviews

"A beautiful, moving book about the power of love and the desires of the heart."-Denver Post

"Charmingly told, and a good deal of fun." -New York Times Book Review