Fables, Fairytales, and Folklore: Alice Hoffman on The Rules of Magic

Fables, Fairytales, and Folklore: Alice Hoffman on The Rules of Magic


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Alice Hoffman is the New York Times-bestselling author of Practical Magic, which inspired the cult-classic film of the same name starring Sandra Bullock and Nicole Kidman.

In this week’s episode of Just the Right Book Podcast, the New York native joins Roxanne to discuss witches, feminism, family secrets, and her latest book, The Rules of Magic. The book, which is set in New York City in the sixties, is a prequel to Practical Magic and was picked by Reese Witherspoon for her October 2017 Book Club read. The actress and book lover described the story as “full of magic, love, family, heartbreak, and redemption.”

When asked what attracted her to witches and magic, Hoffman reveals how she grew up reading fairy tales, folk tales, and myths. “What you read as a child influences who you become as a writer and who you become as a person. For me, it’s not a choice. Magic and literature are just wound together… braided together… they exist together. I always feel like realism is the new kid on the block and that literature is magic.”

And stay tuned after host Roxanne Coady’s conversation with Hoffman to hear from Anne Bogel, the host of the popular book podcast What Should I Read Next? and the creator of the blog Modern Mrs. Darcy.


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