The bestselling author of Second Nature, Illumination Night and Turtle Moon now offers her most fascinating and tantalizingly accomplished novel yet -- a winning tale that amply confirms Alice Hoffman's reputation not only as a genius of the vivid scene and unforgettable character but as one of... show more
The bestselling author of Second Nature, Illumination Night and Turtle Moon now offers her most fascinating and tantalizingly accomplished novel yet -- a winning tale that amply confirms Alice Hoffman's reputation not only as a genius of the vivid scene and unforgettable character but as one of America's most captivating storytellers.When the beautiful and precocious sisters Sally and Gillian Owens are orphaned at a young age, they are taken to a small Massachusetts town to be raised by their eccentric aunts, who happen to dwell in the darkest, eeriest house in town. As they become more aware of their aunts' mysterious and sometimes frightening powers -- and as their own powers begin to surface -- the sisters grow determined to escape their strange upbringing by blending into "normal" society.But both find that they cannot elude their magic-filled past. And when trouble strikes -- in the form of a menacing backyard ghost -- the sisters must not only reunite...
Publish date: August 5th 2003
Pages no: 304
Edition language: English
, Adult Fiction
, Womens Fiction
, Chick Lit
, Magical Realism
For more than two hundred years, the Owens women have been blamed for everything that has gone wrong in their Massachusetts town. Gillian and Sally have endured that fate as well: as children, the sisters were forever outsiders, taunted, talked about, pointed at. Their elderly aunts almost seemed to...
Practical Magic wasn't my first choice for this square. I originally intended to read Wicked, which I had picked up for 75 cents at one of those Friends of the Library sales. But it was too much another good vs evil diatribe after I'd already read several of those, so after about 50 pages I set it...
Even though this is a tale about witches, to me it seems more a story about family, specifically sisters but family in general also. And it does have romance too. I enjoyed it.
Practical Magic by Alice Hoffman For so many reasons I couldn't quite pinpoint--and had required a long, thorough think--this book was both frustrating and fascinating at the same time. I went through a roller coaster of thinking: "Man, this book is not working for me" to "Hmm... this is actual...
I saw the film of Practical Magic, which was made, I think, in 1998, years ago, and it's a fun movie. It is, however, rather different from the novel, and I can see why. Both the title and set-up are solid movie material (there are witches among us, and one of them has a very nasty ex-boyfriend,...
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