Practical Magic

Paperback | August 5, 2003

byAlice 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...

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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 whispe...

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 ...

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Format:PaperbackPublished:August 5, 2003Publisher:Penguin Publishing GroupLanguage:English

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ISBN - 10:0425190374

ISBN - 13:9780425190371

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Rated 5 out of 5 by from In my top ten! This book propels you onward until the end. .
Date published: 2015-06-13
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 ...
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 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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"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