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Publisher's Summary

The best-selling author of Second Nature, Illumination Night and Turtle Moon now offers her most fascinating and tantalizingly accomplished novel yet -- a winning tale that amply confirms Alice Hoffman's reputation not only as a genius of the vivid scene and unforgettable character but as one of America's most captivating storytellers.
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.
©2003 Alice Hoffman (P)2004 Simon & Schuster
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"Huffman's best since Illumination Night."(Publishers Weekly)
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By Nepenthe11 on 09-08-10

Abridged = Disservice to Book

Here's hoping that someone someday will produced the unabridged audio version of this novel. I read it a few years ago and loved it. Unfortunately most of the magic (practical and otherwise) and all of the charm was lost in the abridgement. The book isn't that long; why shorten it?! I recommend the (full) book and the narration was fine but don't waste a credit on this version of it.

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By Julio A. Zuleta on 09-18-12

If you are a fan of the movie, skip this read.

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I love the Hocusy Pocousy feel of the movie and was hoping for the same thing in the book. Didn't get it. I am sure this would be a great read if you haven't seen the movie. One of the rare times when the movie is better than the book!

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