The Lovely Bones by Alice Sebold (2002, Hardcover)
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- SynopsisOn her way home from school on a snowy December day in 1973, 14-year-old Susie Salmon ("like the fish") is lured into a makeshift underground den in a cornfield and brutally raped and murdered, the latest victim of a serial killer-- the man she knew as her neighbor, Mr. Harvey. Alice Sebold's haunting and heartbreaking debut novel, The Lovely Bones, unfolds from heaven, where "life is a perpetual yesterday" and where Susie narrates and keeps watch over her grieving family and friends, as well as her brazen killer and the sad detective working on her case. As Sebold fashions it, everyone has his or her own version of heaven. Susie's resembles the athletic fields and landscape of a suburban high school: a heaven of her "simplest dreams," where "there were no teachers.... We never had to go inside except for art class.... The boys did not pinch our backsides or tell us we smelled; our textbooks were Seventeen and Glamour and Vogue." The Lovely Bones works as an odd yet affecting coming-of-age story. Susie struggles to accept her death while still clinging to the lost world of the living, following her family's dramas over the years like an episode of My So-Called Afterlife. Her family disintegrates in their grief: her father becomes determined to find her killer, her mother withdraws, her little brother Buckley attempts to make sense of the new hole in his family, and her younger sister Lindsey moves through the milestone events of her teenage and young adult years with Susie riding spiritual shotgun. Random acts and missed opportunities run throughout the book--Susie recalls her sole kiss with a boy on Earth as "like an accident--a beautiful gasoline rainbow." Though sentimental at times, The Lovely Bones is a moving exploration of loss and mourning that ultimately puts its faith in the living and that is made even more powerful by a cast of convincing characters. Sebold orchestrates a big finish, and though things tend to wrap up a little too well for everyone in the end, one can only imagine (or hope) that heaven is indeed a place filled with such happy endings. --Brad Thomas Parsons,Sebold's mesmerizing and luminous first novel--a #1 national bestseller--builds a tale filled with hope, humor, suspense, and even joy, following an unspeakable tragedy.,When we first meet 14-year-old Susie Salmon, she is already in heaven. This was before milk carton photos and public service announcements, she tells us; back in 1973, when Susie mysteriously disappeared, people still believed these things didn't happen. In the sweet, untroubled voice of a precocious teenage girl, Susie relates the awful events of her death and her own adjustment to the strange new place she finds herself. It looks a lot like her school playground, with the good kind of swing sets. With love, longing, and a growing understanding, Susie watches her family as they cope with their grief, her father embarks on a search for the killer, her sister undertakes a feat of amazing daring, her little brother builds a fort in her honor and begin the difficult process of healing. In the hands of a brilliant novelist, this story of seemingly unbearable tragedy is transformed into a suspenseful and touching story about family, memory, love, heaven, and living.
- AuthorAlice Sebold
- Number Of Pages336 pages
- Publication Date2002-07-03
- PublisherLittle Brown & Company
- Copyright Date2002
- Weight16 Oz
- Height1.2 In.
- Width5.8 In.
- Length8.8 In.
- LC Classification NumberPS3619.E26L68 2002
- Dewey Decimal813/.6
- Dewey Edition21
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- educare_storeAug 03, 2016by
How could anyone NOT like this book? I could not put it down until I finished it. Really well written! 10/10 book!
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- us2014.ninalJul 07, 2014by
This was an amazing book! I seriously could not put it down! It only takes a couple days to read!!! I would read it all over again! I highly recommend in purchasing this book, for it is very heart touching and sad book!!!!!
- sisoneof3Jun 10, 2009by
Death be not lost
I was simply amazed by the descripted matter contained by the author portraying a murdered victim viewing her own death and watching from her Heaven as family and others follow her killer to other unfortunate beings. I was given this book to read after my Dad passed. I was so intrigued that I passed it on to others and since loosing track of who had it. I since have found another book by the same author and found myself compelled to read it.And of course I needed to obtain the original book and found it on e-bay. It was simply fantastic doing my shopping on line from my easy chair.Thanks for making this available to the public at such an affordable price. I encourage anyone to read these books. They are unforgettable.
- fashionpassionf...Oct 02, 2008by
A BITTER-SWEET NOVEL
This book will have you rooting for the little voice of Suzie Salmon, as she watches her loved ones from Heaven.After Suzie's short life of fourteen years, she becomes a victim of rape dies an un-expected tragic death from someone the least expected in the neighborhood.This story is every parents worst nightmere come true.It shows what every family goes through when a tragic event happens, and the not knowing of where and when, and who.Its a long road for the Salmon family to find anwsers & cope with a loss of a beloved daughter who had her whole life ahead of her.It shows the how far a father's love for his daughter will go when he finds an un-likely suspect neighbor and won't let it go, and lets it take over him.The father & daughter bond is so strong in this story they find a connection to one another from Heaven and Earth.Suzie's fathers intuition proves to be strong, even if the only one who believes him is Suzie.What tears a family apart, can also bring them together in memories.The little clues lead to Suzie's killer slowly, as the puzzle pieces come together, when lead detective Len realize that Suzie's father was right all along?You will have to read this novel to find out.A magical story that gives you a new perspective on Heaven, & the little signs you may be getting from above, from a love one that has passed.A combination of loss, hope & the healing power of love.
I found this book hard to put down, as Suzie's story started to unfold I wanted to keep reading until there were no more pages to turn.A story that will make you cry, and make you laugh along with the Salmon family memories.Will keep you thinking long after you have finished the book.Read full review
- inherstepsJan 20, 2010by
The Lovely Bones was Indeed a Lovely Book
I bought this book because I heard there would also be a movie and wanted to read the book before seeing the movie.
The book was very different from any other I have read, with the main character being dead and speaking from heaven. This book was extremely good with all the things that make life interesting - murder, intrigue, sex, adultery, homosexuality, love and hate. The only thing I disliked about the book was keeping up with all the character's names.
Excellent reading - I highly recommend the book. The movie on the other hand was not enjoyable at all - it left out too much of the good stuff.