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Rules of Magic

(2017)
(The first book in the Practical Magic series)
A novel by

 
 
Awards
Mythopoeic Fantasy Award for Adult Literature Best Book (nominee)
An instant New York Times bestseller and Reese Witherspoon Book Club pick from beloved author Alice Hoffman - the spellbinding prequel to Practical Magic.

Find your magic.

For the Owens family, love is a curse that began in 1620, when Maria Owens was charged with witchery for loving the wrong man.

Hundreds of years later, in New York City at the cusp of the sixties, when the whole world is about to change, Susanna Owens knows that her three children are dangerously unique. Difficult Franny, with skin as pale as milk and blood red hair, shy and beautiful Jet, who can read other people's thoughts, and charismatic Vincent, who began looking for trouble on the day he could walk.

From the start Susanna sets down rules for her children: No walking in the moonlight, no red shoes, no wearing black, no cats, no crows, no candles, no books about magic. And most importantly, never, ever, fall in love. But when her children visit their Aunt Isabelle, in the small Massachusetts town where the Owens family has been blamed for everything that has ever gone wrong, they uncover family secrets and begin to understand the truth of who they are. Yet, the children cannot escape love even if they try, just as they cannot escape the pains of the human heart. The two beautiful sisters will grow up to be the memorable aunts in Practical Magic, while Vincent, their beloved brother, will leave an unexpected legacy.

Alice Hoffman delivers "fairy-tale promise with real-life struggle" (TheNew York Times Book Review) in a story how the only remedy for being human is to be true to yourself. Thrilling and exquisite, real and fantastical, The Rules of Magic is "irresistible... the kind of book you race through, then pause at the last forty pages, savoring your final moments with the characters" (USA TODAY, 4/4 stars).

Genre: Literary Fiction

Praise for this book

"Reading an Alice Hoffman book is like falling into a deep dream where senses are heightened and love reigns supreme. The Rules of Magic is no exception--as I tumbled into the story of three siblings desperate for and cursed by love, I never wanted to awaken." - Jodi Picoult


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January 2018 : USA Library Binding
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Title: The Rules of Magic
Author(s): Alice Hoffman
ISBN: 1-68324-632-2 / 978-1-68324-632-9 (USA edition)
Publisher: Center Point Pub
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November 2017 : UK Hardback
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Title: The Rules of Magic
Author(s): Alice Hoffman
ISBN: 1-4711-5767-9 / 978-1-4711-5767-7 (UK edition)
Publisher: Scribner UK
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October 2017 : USA Hardback
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Title: The Rules of Magic: A Novel (1) (The Practical Magic Series)
Author(s): Alice Hoffman
ISBN: 1-5011-3747-6 / 978-1-5011-3747-1 (USA edition)
Publisher: Simon & Schuster
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Paperback Editions

September 2018 : UK Paperback
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Title: The Rules of Magic
Author(s): Alice Hoffman
ISBN: 1-4711-7499-9 / 978-1-4711-7499-5 (UK edition)
Publisher: Scribner UK
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August 2018 : UK Paperback
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Title: The Rules of Magic
Author(s): Alice Hoffman
ISBN: 1-4711-5770-9 / 978-1-4711-5770-7 (UK edition)
Publisher: Scribner UK
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June 2018 : USA Paperback
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Title: The Rules of Magic: A Novel (1) (The Practical Magic Series)
Author(s): Alice Hoffman
ISBN: 1-5011-3748-4 / 978-1-5011-3748-8 (USA edition)
Publisher: Simon & Schuster
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October 2017 : USA Paperback
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Title: The Rules of Magic
Author(s): Alice Hoffman
ISBN: 1-5011-8387-7 / 978-1-5011-8387-4 (USA edition)
Publisher: Simon & Schuster
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October 2017 : UK Paperback
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Title: The Rules of Magic
Author(s): Alice Hoffman
ISBN: 1-4711-5768-7 / 978-1-4711-5768-4 (UK edition)
Publisher: Scribner UK
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October 2017 : UK Paperback
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Title: The Rules of Magic
Author(s): Alice Hoffman
ISBN: 1-4711-6898-0 / 978-1-4711-6898-7 (UK edition)
Publisher: Simon & Schuster UK
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Audio Editions

October 2018 : USA Audio edition
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Title: The Rules of Magic
Author(s): Alice Hoffman
Publisher: Oakhill Publishing
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October 2018 : Australia Audio edition
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Title: The Rules of Magic
Author(s): Alice Hoffman
Publisher: Oakhill Publishing
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October 2018 : UK Audio edition
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Title: The Rules of Magic
Author(s): Alice Hoffman
Publisher: Oakhill Publishing
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September 2018 : UK Audio CD

Title: The Rules Of Magic
Author(s): Alice Hoffman
ISBN: 1-78706-964-8 / 978-1-78706-964-0 (UK edition)
Publisher: Oakhill Publishing Limited
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September 2018 : UK Audio CD

Title: The Rules Of Magic
Author(s): Alice Hoffman
ISBN: 1-78771-030-0 / 978-1-78771-030-6 (UK edition)
Publisher: Oakhill Publishing Limited
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June 2018 : USA Audio CD
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Title: The Rules of Magic: A Novel
Author(s): Alice Hoffman
ISBN: 1-5082-6535-6 / 978-1-5082-6535-1 (USA edition)
Publisher: Simon & Schuster Audio
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October 2017 : USA Audio CD
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Title: The Rules of Magic: A Novel
Author(s): Alice Hoffman
ISBN: 1-5082-3827-8 / 978-1-5082-3827-0 (USA edition)
Publisher: Simon & Schuster Audio
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October 2017 : USA Audio edition
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Title: The Rules of Magic
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October 2017 : Canada Audio edition
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Title: The Rules of Magic
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October 2017 : Australia Kindle edition
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Title: The Rules of Magic
Author(s): Alice Hoffman
Publisher: Simon & Schuster UK
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October 2017 : UK Kindle edition
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Title: The Rules of Magic
Author(s): Alice Hoffman
Publisher: Scribner UK
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October 2017 : USA, Canada Kindle edition
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Title: The Rules of Magic: A Novel (The Practical Magic Series Book 1)
Author(s): Alice Hoffman
Publisher: Simon & Schuster
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