Great Books, Great Conversations: The Book of Magic by Alice Hoffman ’73, ’02 (Hon.)
Master storyteller Alice Hoffman brings us the conclusion of the Practical Magic series in a spellbinding and enchanting novel brimming with lyric beauty and vivid characters.
In this newly launched series, we will be joined by alumna Alice Hoffman ’73, ’02 (Hon.), New York Times bestselling author who will be discussing her new novel, The Book of Magic.
About The Book of Magic
The Owens family has been cursed in matters of love for over three-hundred years but all of that is about to change. The novel begins in a library, the best place for a story to be conjured, when beloved aunt Jet Owens hears the deathwatch beetle and knows she has only seven days to live. Jet is not the only one in danger—the curse is already at work. A frantic attempt to save a young man’s life spurs three generations of the Owens women, and one long-lost brother, to use their unusual gifts to break the curse as they travel from Paris to London to the English countryside where their ancestor Maria Owens first practiced the Unnamed Art. The younger generation discovers secrets that have been hidden from them in matters of both magic and love by Sally, their fiercely protective mother. As Kylie Owens uncovers the truth about who she is and what her own dark powers are, her aunt Franny comes to understand that she is ready to sacrifice everything for her family, and Sally Owens realizes that she is willing to give up everything for love. The Book of Magic is a breathtaking conclusion that celebrates mothers and daughters, sisters and brothers, and anyone who has ever been in love. Book four in the Practical Magic series, The Book of Magic, will be released in October 2021. Pre-order The Book of Magic.
Great Books, Great Conversations is hosted by:
Jacqueline Jones LaMon, professor and vice president of diversity, equity and inclusion and avid reader, Sybile Val ’99, MD.
About the Author
Alice Hoffman ’73, ’02 (Hon.)
Alice Hoffman lives near Boston and is the author of more than thirty works of fiction, including:
- The World That We Knew
- The Marriage of Opposites
- The Red Garden
- The Museum of Extraordinary Things
- The Dovekeepers
- Here on Earth (Oprah’s Book Club selection)
- Practical Magic series; including Practical Magic, Magic Lessons, The Rules of Magic (a selection of Reese’s Book Club), and The Book of Magic.