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....Continua
A light novel, with some enchanting imagery here and there.
Pity that the story is so weak, with characters as thin as paper.
Pity that the narration is so slow - the author tells, tells, but barely ever shows.
Pity that the pov changes randomly, at times, letting to reader to wonder who is speaking - the narrator, or one of the characters?
It is not a terrible book, but it is a book that takes itself too seriously, and often seems to enjoy wasting the reader's time and patience.
The movie is really good, and the book is better.
I enjoyed this story of two pairs of sisters whose lives were touched by magic. I especially liked how both Gillian and Sally and Kylie and Antonia learned to take risks, trust their feelings and appreciate each other over time.