Top positive review
A well-written and inventive take
on December 5, 2017
Alice Hoffman's Practical Magic is a magic that is subtle and diffuse. Six women from three generations, the "aunts", their orphaned nieces, and two teenage daughters form the backbone of the tale while they search for love, and their place in the world. It is a good story, but it earns its five-star rating because of the writing, fluid, vivid, and rich. Narrated in the third person, the author is able to reveal a character's most intimate thoughts, and distance the reader from the action adding to the loneliness each woman endures. Hoffman balances melancholy without being dour, fear without too much creeping foreboding, and joy tempered by tacit, unstated admission that luck as well as fate plays in our lives. Given that Hoffman is releasing in 2017 a follow-on book The Rules of Magic, now is an excellent time to pick up this gem.