In Magic Lessons: A Prequel to Practical Magic, an unforgettable novel, Alice Hoffman traces a centuries-old curse to its source. Perhaps you’ve already guessed — the Owens bloodline began with Maria Owens, the matriarch of a line of the amazing Owens women and men featured in Practical Magic and The Rules of Magic. In the 1600s, Maria was abandoned in a snowy field in rural England as a baby. Under the care of Hannah Owens, Maria learned about the “Unnamed Arts.” Hannah recognized that Maria had a gift and she teaches the girl all she knows. It is here that Maria learned her first important lesson: Always love someone who will love you back.
Alice Hoffman is the author of more than thirty works of fiction, including The World That We Knew, Practical Magic, The Rules of Magic, the Oprah’s Book Club selection Here on Earth, The Red Garden, The Dovekeepers, The Museum of Extraordinary
Things, The Marriage of Opposites, and Faithful. She lives near Boston.
Guest host Cynthia Canty is an Emmy award-winning radio and TV journalist, anchor, and morning personality. Most recently, she was host of WUOM’s program Stateside.