In Magic Lessons: A Prequel to Practical MagicAlice Hoffman traces a centuries-old curse to its source. Perhaps youve 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 recognizes that Maria had a gift, and she teaches the girl all she knows. It is here that Maria learns her first important lesson: Always love someone who will love you back. 

Hoffman’s work has been published in more than twenty translations and more than one hundred foreign editions. Her novels have received mention as notable books of the year by The New York Times, Entertainment Weekly, The Los Angeles Times, Library Journal, and People Magazine. She has also worked as a screenwriter and wrote the original screenplay Independence Day, a film starring Kathleen Quinlan and Diane Wiest. Her teen novel Aquamarine was made into a film starring Emma Roberts. Her writing has appeared in The New York Times, The Boston Globe Magazine, Kenyon Review, Los Angeles Times and other major publications.   

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 Oprahs 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.