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**RESCHEDULED** Kibbitznest Book Club with Sara Schroeder

  • Kibbitznest 2212 North Clybourn Avenue Chicago, IL, 60614 United States (map)
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The Rules of Magic

by Alice Hoffman

For the Owens family, love is a curse that began in 1620, when Maria Owens was charged with witchery for loving the wrong man.

Hundreds of years later, in New York City at the cusp of the sixties, when the whole world is about to change, Susanna Owens knows that her three children are dangerously unique. Difficult Franny, with skin as pale as milk and blood red hair, shy and beautiful Jet, who can read other people’s thoughts, and charismatic Vincent, who began looking for trouble on the day he could walk.

From the start Susanna sets down rules for her children: No walking in the moonlight, no red shoes, no wearing black, no cats, no crows, no candles, no books about magic. And most importantly, never, ever, fall in love. But when her children visit their aunt Isabelle, in the small Massachusetts town where the Owens family has been blamed for everything that has ever gone wrong, they uncover family secrets and begin to understand the truth of who they are.

The Owens children cannot escape love, just as they cannot escape the pains of the human heart. Thrilling and exquisite, real and fantastical, The Rules of Magic reminds us that the only remedy for being human is to be true to yourself.


Reading an Alice Hoffman book is like falling into a deep dream where senses are heightened and love reigns supreme. The Rules of Magic is no exception.
— Jodi Picoult