The Rules of Magic
FICTION (SIMON & SCHUSTER) BY ALICE HOFFMAN, $22.
In this much-anticipated new release, written as a prequel to the author’s bestselling
Practical Magic (1995), Alice Ho man introduces readers to the Owens dynasty and investigates the origins of their family curse, in which any person who falls for one of them will meet certain tragic fate. Replete with historical references to witchcraft in America, magical spells, superstition, fateful romance and a surprising plot twist, this delightful book has put its predecessor on my must-read list. —AE