The Lovely Bones Book

Alice Sebolds' best-selling novel The Lovely Bones is a haunting and heart-wrenching tale about 14-year-old Susie Salmon who's raped and murdered on the way back from school. The novel is told from a beautiful, almost poetic, heaven where Susie watches over her family and friends as they come to terms with her death, as well as looking down on her murderer and the officer working on her case. Clinging onto the world she's left behind and with her family falling apart with grief, The Lovely bones is an in-depth look into loss, mourning and faith. Read More

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  • Editor24 February 2010

    This tale is told entirely through the eyes of the dead girl, Suzie. The behaviour of her family following her death is described through Suzie's understanding of the natural behaviour of her loved ones, explaining to the reader why the characters behave and react the way that they do. It is Suzie's extra-ordinary insight and graceousness that is the charm of this absolute gem of a story. It is a gripping and compelling read, which leaves you sad but uplifted by the fragility of life, ability to cope with loss, and the sense that our lost loved ones remain ever present. The perspective of the pain of the departed is an interesting slant on this aspect of death and subsequent grief.

  • Amazon

    On her way home from school on a snowy December day, 14-year-old Susie Salmon is lured into a cornfield and brutally raped and murdered, the latest victim of a serial killer. The Lovely Bones, Alice Sebold's haunting and heartbreaking debut novel, 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. 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,

  • Amazon

    A novel about life and death, forgiveness and vengeance, memory and forgetting - but, above all, about finding light in the darkest of places.

  • Play

    My name was Salmon like the fish; first name Susie. I was fourteen when I was murdered on December 6 1973. My murderer was a man from our neighborhood. My mother liked his border flowers and my father talked to him once about fertilizer. This is Susie Salmon. Watching from heaven Susie sees her happy suburban family devastated by her death isolated even from one another as they each try to cope with their terrible loss alone. Over the years her friends and siblings grow up fall in love do all the things she never had the chance to do herself. But life is not quite finished with Susie yet ..."The Lovely Bones" is a luminous and astonishing novel about life and death forgiveness and vengeance memory and forgetting - but above all about finding light in the darkest of places. 'Spare beautiful and brutal prose ..."The Lovely Bones" is compulsive enough to read in a single sitting brilliantly intelligent elegantly constructed and ultimately intriguing.' - "The Times". 'Moving and compelling ...It will put an imperceptible but stealthily insistent hold on you.I sat down in the morning to read the first couple of pages; five hours later I was still there book in hand transfixed.' - Maggie O'Farrell "Sunday Telegraph". ;

  • TheBookPeople

    The novel that spawned the successful motion picture, The Lovely Bones is a tale about life and death, forgiveness and vengeance, memory and forgetting. Our first look into the work of author Alice Sebold, this is a remarkable achievement for a debut novel - a haunting and thought provoking work of fiction that explores the afterlife in a fond and intriguing manner. A coming-of-age story, in which 14 year-old serial killer victim Susie Salmon looks back on the lives she left behind, this is a moving and powerful tale that leaves a real mark on all who read it.

  • Blackwell

    The critically acclaimed international bestseller -- 'Moving and compelling ... It will put an imperceptible but stealthily insistent hold on you.' Maggie O'Farrell, Sunday Telegrap My name was Salmon, like the fish; first name, Susie.

  • BookDepository

    The Lovely Bones : Paperback : Pan Macmillan : 9780330485388 : 0330485385 : 06 Jun 2003 : A haunting and heartbreaking novel narrated from heaven as a young girls watches over her family and killer.

  • 0330485385
  • 9780330485388
  • Alice Sebold
  • 6 June 2003
  • Picador
  • Paperback (Book)
  • 256
  • 3

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