October 2017 Indie Next List
“In a dazzling, emotive prequel to her bestselling novel Practical Magic, Alice Hoffman brings the reader back into the world of the Owens family. The Rules of Magic takes us back two generations with practical Franny, who must learn how to love; sensitive Jet, who must learn how to persevere; and restless Vincent, who must learn how to be happy. Hoffman's writing is frank, tender, vivid, and elusive all at once. Full of sorrow and beauty and courage, The Rules of Magic is a delicious, satisfying read.”
— Heather Herbaugh, Mitzi's Books, Rapid City, SD
Winter 2018 Reading Group Indie Next List
“In The Rules of Magic, we follow the three Owens siblings through their teen years and as they become adults, through the turbulent 1960s and beyond. Their magical lineage causes their mother to issue many rules for them to live by (or break). One of the biggest prohibitions is falling in love—it never ends well. Alice Hoffman weaves love, family, and the events of the 1960s and ’70s into a beautiful story. No matter what our gifts or our limitations are, love matters.”
— Patricia Worth, River Reader Books (MO), Lexington, MO
For the Owens family, love is a curse that began in 1620, when Maria Owens was charged with witchery for loving the wrong man.