#203: The Sorceresses’ Amanuensis
Alice Hoffman’s 1995 novel, Practical Magic, is the story of two sisters, Sally and Gillian Owens, who are born into a family of witches. The catch is that their ancestor, Maria Owens, cursed the family, so that any man one of them falls in love with dies an untimely death. It’s a classic fairy tale, and like most fairy tales it didn’t have a sequel—until this year. After going back to the 1960s generation of the family with The Rules of Magic, and all the way back to the 1600s with Magic Lessons, Hoffman returns this year to the present with the fourth and final story of the Owens family, The Book of Magic, which sees the youngest Owens, Kylie, maybe—finally—break the curse for good.
Go beyond the episode:
- Alice Hoffman’s The Book of Magic, and her 40-odd other magical tales
- The original trailer for Practical Magic, starring Sandra Bullock, Nicole Kidman, and the most beautiful house in Massachusetts
- From New England to Catalonia, people are campaigning to memorialize—and legally pardon—the tens of thousands of people burned as witches
- Read more about the Jewish pirates that sail into the Owens story in the 1600s
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