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Publisher's Summary

Alice Hoffman's enchanting witch's brew of suspense, romance and magic - now a major motion picture from Warner Bros.

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 three generations of Owens women but embrace their magic as a gift - and their key to a future of love and passion.

Funny, haunting, and shamelessly romantic, Practical Magic is bewitching entertainment - Alice Hoffman at her spectacular best.

©2012 Alice Hoffman (P)2012 Simon & Schuster, Inc

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"Huffman's best since Illumination Night. (Publishers Weekly)

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  • SassyKat
  • 2017-09-21

A Wonderful Story

Once again, Alice Hoffman weaves a beautiful story with her words and beautiful character development. I love so many of her books but Practical Magic is one I will read/listen to over and over. it continues to delight and charm me.

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  • JEAN9
  • 2014-09-25

Don't expext the movie story!

Not sure how they got the movie from this book. Other then the names of the characters nothing else is the same. While I adored the movie and the lighthearted feeling, the book goes in another direction, but I liked it just as well, just differently! In my head I was still picturing Sandra Bullock and Nicole Kidman as the sisters. So just be warned to expext a great story just not one like the movie.

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  • Lacy
  • 2016-10-04

The movie was actually better than the book!

I was really excited when I found out that this was actually a book! I used to love the movie when I was younger-in my tween years. Unfortunately, and I never say this about books, but the movie was better than the book.

The beginning of the book was interesting and pulled me in but there was a lull toward the middle that made it hard to get through the rest of the book. At times, I felt like there were unnecessary details. As I was nearing the last part of the book, it started to pick up and peak my interest. The ending felt a little blunt or rushed but was good.

The movie seemed so different from the story in this book. Sally's kids were little throughout the movie but had grown to teenagers in the book. Sally took off to New York but in the movie she stayed with the aunts in Massachusetts. In the movie, there was an emphasis on Gary's eye color but there was no such emphasis in the book. Only small parts really resembled the movie, to be honest.

2 sisters, Sally and Jillian, grow up in Massachusetts living with their aunts after their parents die. They are different from day and night. Their aunts are Wiccan so they are constantly teased about being witches, especially when things go wrong! Their lives will take them on 2 different paths but fate will bring them back together and change their lives forever.

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