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The New York Times, Sue Corbett

A Prequel to ‘Practical Magic’ Revisits the Owens Family

But Hoffman’s latest offering, The Rules of Magic, is likely to attract particular attention because it’s a prequel to her 1995 novel, “Practical Magic,” perhaps the best-known work of her career and the basis for the 1998 film starring Sandra Bullock and Nicole Kidman as the sisters Sally and Gillian Owens, born into a Massachusetts family whose founding matriarch escaped Salem’s gallows by magicking herself out of her noose. People who know only the film version may be surprised to learn that “the aunts,” as Sally and Gillian refer to their guardians, are thinly sketched characters for most of “Practical Magic.”


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