Tuesday, March 3, 2009

Practical Magic by Alice Hoffman

First sentence:

"For more than two hundred years, the Owens women have been blamed for everything that has gone wrong in town."


"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 forever outsiders, taunted, talked about, pointed at. Their elderly aunts almost seemed to encourage the whispers of witchery, with their musty house and their exotic concoctions and their crowd of black cats. But all Gillian and Sally wanted to escape. One would do so by marrying, the other by running away. But the bonds they shared, even into adulthood brought them back -- almost as if by magic. . ." -- from the back cover

My thoughts:

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.

Date read: 3/1/2009
Book #: 17
Challenges: 999 Challenge, Winter Reading Challenge 2008
Rating: 3*/5 = good
Genre: Fantasy

ISBN-10: 0425152499
ISBN-13: 9780425152492
Publisher: Berkeley
Year: 1995
# of Pages: 317
Binding: Mass Market Paperback
LibraryThing Page

1 comment:

Robin of My Two Blessings said...

This one sounds good. I'll have to look into it. Thanks.