Petty Magic is nothing less than a great, lovely, charming, sad, tender, clever, *gem* of a book.To employ the phrase "page turner" is to conjure up mental images of bestselling thrillers, cover art with protagonists hanging from cliffs both literal and metaphorical, and those authors who crank out a book or more each year with a team of ghostwriters fueling the insatiable machine. Petty Magic is a page turner in the original sense -- the plot, the pace, the character development, the tone, the wonderful weaved story itself makes one, very simply, want to keep reading.Each chapter is rich and savory, and ends on just the right point. The characters are familiar and lovable, even while occasionally maddening in forgivable ways. The plot is both fun and somber, funny and emotional, and achieves a perfect balance of tension. In short, this book was masterfully written.DeAngelis has come along way since her last novel, Mary Modern, which was equally creative and well fleshed out. I can't wait to see what's next for this author. One barely dares to hope that her books, already uniquely rich and singular in her genre, can get better from here.