Thursday, May 30, 2019

'Practical Magic' by Alice Hoffman

An excerpt. 


“The sisters embrace and get up off the grass. They mean to go inside the house, but their gaze is caught by the hedge of lilacs.

"That's one thing I don't want to think about," Gillian whispers.

"We just have to put it out of our minds," Sally says.

"Right," Gillian agrees, as if she could stop thinking about him.

The lilacs have grown as high as the telephone wires, with blooms so abundant some of the branches have begun to bow towards the ground.

"He was never even here," Sally says. She would probably sound more sure of herself if it weren't for all those bad dreams she keeps having and the line of earth beneath her fingernails that refuses to come clean. This, plus the fact that she can't stop thinking about the way he stared up at her from that hole in the ground.

"Jimmy who?" Gillian says brightly, even though the bruises he left on her arms are still there, like little shadows.” ◆ 


Alice Hoffman. Practical Magic. 2012 [first published in 1995]. Read by Christina Moore. Simon & Schuster Audio, New York. [Audiobook]
Walentin Aleksandrovich Serov. Open Window. Lilacs. Study. 1886. National Art Museum of the Republic of Belarus, Minsk. 

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