The Rules of Magic (Practical Magic #1) (Hardcover)

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The best magical realism comes from Alice Hoffman, and this book is no different. The story of Franny and Jet Owens (the aunts from Alice Hoffman’s Practical Magic) is full of love and tragedy and hope. Their story gives dimension to the Owens family that I didn't realize was missing, and made me cry at least twice.

It's strange, but Fran and Jet were such their own beings that it never occurred to me that they are AUNTS and must therefore have a sibling somewhere. Vincent was everything I could have wanted him to be. The perfect piece to the story.

Recommended for any fans of magical realism, fans of Alice Hoffman, and those who ever wondered more about the Owens family, and the Aunts in particular.

Oh, and the best part? It begins "Once upon a time..."; the best possible opening for any book.

— Lindsey




From beloved author Alice Hoffman comes the spellbinding prequel to her bestseller, Practical Magic.

Find your magic.

For the Owens family, love is a curse that began in 1620, when Maria Owens was charged with witchery for loving the wrong man.

Hundreds of years later, in New York City at the cusp of the sixties, when the whole world is about to change, Susanna Owens knows that her three children are dangerously unique. Difficult Franny, with skin as pale as milk and blood red hair, shy and beautiful Jet, who can read other people's thoughts, and charismatic Vincent, who began looking for trouble on the day he could walk.

From the start Susanna sets down rules for her children: No walking in the moonlight, no red shoes, no wearing black, no cats, no crows, no candles, no books about magic. And most importantly, never, ever, fall in love. But when her children visit their Aunt Isabelle, in the small Massachusetts town where the Owens family has been blamed for everything that has ever gone wrong, they uncover family secrets and begin to understand the truth of who they are. Back in New York City each begins a risky journey as they try to escape the family curse.

The Owens children cannot escape love even if they try, just as they cannot escape the pains of the human heart. The two beautiful sisters will grow up to be the revered, and sometimes feared, aunts in Practical Magic, while Vincent, their beloved brother, will leave an unexpected legacy. Thrilling and exquisite, real and fantastical, The Rules of Magic is a story about the power of love reminding us that the only remedy for being human is to be true to yourself.

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Product Details
ISBN: 9781501137471
ISBN-10: 1501137476
Publisher: Simon & Schuster
Publication Date: October 10th, 2017
Pages: 384
Language: English
Series: Practical Magic