A weekly post in which I reminisce over a backlist favorite.
So this week’s throwback is a bit different: it’s a backlist favorite, but one that I just read instead of one from my reading past. And I have a feeling a lot of you are going to agree with me on this one.
Practical Magic by Alice Hoffman. Holy crap, this book was amazing. Ah. Ma. Zing. Who’s with me? That’s what I thought: everyone.
I fell in love with these women (and that cover!) immediately. Theirs was a story that I wanted to read every chance I got while simultaneously not wanting it to end. So I stalled myself; I let life get in the way so I didn’t have time to finish the book. Which only worked for so long, but it was the best I could do.
There are two things you need to know about this book if you haven’t read it. One: this story is a beautiful testament to love, strong women, and family. Two: if you’ve seen the movie (which was amazing in its own right – she put de lime in the coconut and drink ‘em bot’ up), forget everything you saw and go into this book with a blank slate.
I had the amazing opportunity to meet Ms. Hoffman and listen to her speak when I was about halfway through this book and the experience made me love this cast even more. It also led to that desperate grabby-hands feeling when she read from The Rules of Magic, the prequel to Practical Magic, which is the story of the aunts and their brother. (You know the feeling. It’s the one you experience when you cannot wait to get your hands on and/or jump into a certain new book.)
On the off chance you haven’t read Practical Magic yet, I’m posting the synopsis below. And if your reading schedule has an opening I highly, highly recommend you snag a copy of this one ASAP and jump in.
Synopsis (from Goodreads):
The Owens sisters confront the challenges of life and love in this bewitching novel from New York Times bestselling author Alice Hoffman.
For more than two hundred years, the Owens women have been blamed for everything that has gone wrong in their Massachusetts town. Gillian and Sally have 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 was to escape.
One will do so by marrying, the other by running away. But the bonds they share will bring them back—almost as if by magic…