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The Lovely Bones

Alice Sebold

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Once in a generation a novel comes along that taps a vein of universal human experience, resonating with readers of all ages. The Lovely Bones is such a book - a phenomenal #1 bestseller celebrated at once for its narrative artistry, its luminous clarity of emotion, and its astoniishing power to lay claim to the hearts of millions of readers around the world.

"My name was Salmon, like the fish; first name, Susie. I was fourteen when I was murdered on December 6, 1973."

So begins the story of Susie Salmon, who is adjusting to her new home in heaven, a place that is not at all what she expected, even as she is watching life on eath continue without her - her friends trading rumors about her disappearance, her killer trying to cover his tracks, her grief-stricken family unraveling.

Out of unspeakable traged and loss, The Lovely Bones succeeds, miraculously, in building a tale filled with hope, humor, suspense, even joy

"A stunning achievement." -The New Yorker

"Deeply affecting. . . . A keenly observed portrait of familial love and how it endures and changes over time." -New York Times

"A triumphant novel. . . . It's a knockout." -Time

"Destined to become a classic in the vein of To Kill a Mockingbird. . . . I loved it." -Anna Quindlen

"A novel that is painfully fine and accomplished." -Los Angeles Times

"The Lovely Bones seems to be saying there are more important things in life on earth than retribution. Like forgiveness, like love." -Chicago Tribune

Publishers Weekly Review

Sep 03, 2007 – Reading her breakout novel, Sebold's even, unemotional voice is a good match for both the drab setting of a Midwest town enduring the 1970s and for her matter-of-fact writing, which manages to seem grounded even as the protagonist narrates from heaven after her brutal murder. Sebold doesn't bother with voicing characters differently; the murdered girl, Susie Salmon, is the listener's window into the world she was forced to leave behind, and Sebold uses a flat, deliberate voice that manages to sound both weary and wistful. Snatches of melancholy chamber music close each track and provide more explicit emotion. What Sebold's voice lacks in stylistic flourish she makes up for with perfect pacing. In an introductory segment, Sebold recounts the novel's genesis and mentions that part of her working process involves reading everything back to herself, which explains her expert rhythm. On the final disc, Sebold reads the first chapter of her 2007 novel, The Almost Moon. While Sebold's fans will be eager for the chance to hear her read, the uninitiated may wish for a bit more passion in her presentation. A Back Bay Books paperback (Reviews, June 17, 2002).

Customer Reviews

Beautiful,heartfelt and sad at the same time

I read this book in 2002 when it came out. I was either 17 or 18 at the time but I love the book. I enjoyed the movie just as much. As a parent now of a two year old son this story hits home especially thinking of all the perverted people in this world that could bring harm to your child(ren). This book was well written and I have been a fan of Alice Sebold ever since I read,The Lovely Bones. As a teen girl at the time I understood how one could be easily lured in to a trap. My heart goes out to all parents of any missing child.

Only read if you can handle the beginning

I read the first chapter of the book and could barely get through it! Its really disturbing (let's just say it goes into detail about all the things that her killer does to her before she dies). I'm 15 and I guess I'm too young to handle a book like this. So I would only recommend this book to people over 17 .

Beautiful to read

What should be a very depressing topic was so beautiful to read that I couldn't put it down. If you have seen the movie, it is absolutely nothing like the book... Read the book for the real full story... It has so much more to offer than the movie.

The Lovely Bones
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  • $6.99
  • Available on iPhone, iPad, iPod touch, and Mac.
  • Category: Fiction & Literature
  • Published: Aug 07, 2002
  • Publisher: Little, Brown and Company
  • Seller: Hachette Digital, Inc.
  • Print Length: 336 Pages
  • Language: English
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