Cozy readers, we’ve got a real treat for you. This month, we’re so excited to feature Alice Hoffman’s long-awaited prequel to her bewitchingly popular novel, Practical Magic. In 1998, fans of Hoffman’s novel were introduced to a magical world of witchcraft when the literary classic was turned into a film, starring Sandra Bullock and Nicole Kidman. Now, the author is giving readers a glimpse at how it all started.
In her October release, The Rules Of Magic, Hoffman unravels the origins of the Owens family legacy, centering on beloved aunts Frances and Jet, and their troublesome brother Vincent.
“[Practical Magic] is a lot of people’s favorite book, and many also loved the movie,” Hoffman told Publisher’s Weekly back in June. She was attending BookExpo 2017, at the time. “I thought it would be great to go backward in time with it, not forward.”
In another interview with NPR, Hoffman said, “I’m just interested in what makes a family, and going back in history to see. I always feel like you can never really know certain people in your family – your mother, your father, your aunts – because you didn’t know them when they were young.”
For the most part, the novel is set in New York during the 1960s, which lead Hoffman to do a little extra reading in order to portray the time period as accurately as possible.
“I did a lot of research about Greenwich Village, and I feel I could now lead tours around Washington Square Park,” she said. “Everything was so new and unique—fashion you’d never seen before, music you’d never heard before. It was also a time when people were into looking at different philosophies and cultures, different ways of thinking, looking at spirituality, astrology. People used drugs to expand their minds and thoughts about what reality was, so for me it seemed like the perfect setting for magic.”