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THE WD INTERVIEW Alice Hoffman

Alice Hoffman specializes in magical writing that tells the realest of stories. She published her first novel in 1977 while still at Stanford University and has written more than 30 works of fiction since, including the novels The Marriage of Opposites, Faithful, The Red Garden, The Museum of Extraordinary Things, The Dovekeepers, and the Oprah’s Book Club book Here on Earth. She’s also written many books for young adults, including Aquamarine, Green Angel, Green Witch, and Incantation. Her books have been adapted for film and television and have been translated into more than 20 languages.

Her fans love her style, which blends magical realism and historical fiction. She may be most known for her bestsellers Practical Magic and The Rules of Magic. These novels follow the Owens family, strong women who use their magical abilities for good, but who are cursed—the men they love are all doomed to untimely deaths. Readers have devoured this family saga, and there may be more of it on shelves in the near future, as Hoffman says she is working on a third book in the series.

Her most recent novel is (Sept. 2019, Simon & Schuster). Set in Berlin in 1941, it weaves together the stories of three brave young women who must summon all the love in their hearts and all the courage in their bones to survive one of the biggest evils ever perpetrated: the Holocaust. This beautiful, terrifying, and heartbreaking story is shot through with what matters most in

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