Lovely Bones, The

Alice Sebold
This deluxe trade paperback edition of Alice Sebold's modern classic features French flaps and rough-cut pages.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 


Reviewed: 2020-07-16
Reviewed: 2019-08-17

This is another one of those books that I saw the movie before I read the book. Unlike most people who saw the movie, I actually liked it. For those of you who saw the movie and liked it, as well as those who saw the movie and didn't like it, READ THE BOOK! The story is handled very different in the movie than the actual novel, and the original story is 100 per cent better than the story line in the movie. This is a story of a teenage girl named Susie who is raped and murdered by her neighbor. Her body is never found, and it is some time before the neighbor is suspected of killing her. What is unusual about this story is that it is told from the point of view of the teenage girl herself, who is now in Heaven and looking down on her family and friends. She tells how they cope with her passing, and how they live their lives with everything changed by her absence and the reason for it. It is sad, sweet, and sometimes amusing. And it gets you from the first lines..."My name was Salmon, like the fish; first name, Susie.  I was fourteen when I was murdered on December 6, 1973." Susie has a story to tell...and you'll want to read every page of it to the very end.

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