Petty Magic

Camille DeAngelis, Crown?Shaye Areheart, $24 (336p) ISBN 978-0-307-45423-2
Readers who endure the extensive Lake Wobegon–style exposition that launches DeAngelis's second novel (where every witch is above average) will be rewarded with a moving and witty love story. Evelyn is a randy old witch who uses her powers to appear young and pick up men at bars. When she meets Justin, the new proprietor of a local antique shop, she believes that he may be the reincarnation of her long-lost love, Jonah. Eve's narration alternates between the present-day romance and WWII spy stories as members of her coven come out with a shocking accusation against her sister, Helena. DeAngelis (Mary Modern) gives Eve an engaging narrative voice, though the frequent use of British terms like "loo," "gent," and "mobile" is jarring given Eve's supposed American origins. These minor flaws detract only slightly from the core stories of love and deceit, enhanced by DeAngelis's charming prose. (Oct.)
Reviewed on: 08/02/2010
Release date: 10/01/2010
Genre: Fiction
Ebook - 336 pages - 978-0-307-45425-6
Paperback - 296 pages - 978-1-4976-8083-8
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