Practical Magic is a beautiful book. The characters grab your attention from the very start and hang on until the end. While I haven’t read anything else by Alice Hoffman, I like the style and pace of the book.
Sally and Gillian Owens are orphaned at a young age and go live with their eccentric Aunts. They find out that for generations the Owens women have had magic, and are generally blamed for everything bad that happens in the New England town where they live. Each generation the locals basically shun the Owens women, but some unlucky men find themselves in love with an Owens woman and that relationship never ends well.
Sally is determined to change the fate of the women of the Owens family. Gillian revels in being different and ends up leaving home. The story unfolds as each girl pursues their own destinies that eventually lead them back to each other and to the town that has a lot to learn about the strength of the Owens women.
This book speaks to that relationship that happens only between sisters and girlfriends, and I can pick it up time and time again and find new things. It is beautiful and dark and uplifting and strange, and it has heart. A truly great read, far far better than the Kidman/Bullock movie, this book is definitely not to be missed.