The Lovely Bones Book (Summary - Review - Order Book - About Alice Sebold)

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Author Alice Sebold
Cover artist Yoori Kim (design); Daniel Lee (photo-illustration)
Country United States
Language English
Genre Novel
Publisher Little, Brown
Publication date
2002
Media type Print (hardback and paperback); audiobook
Pages 328
ISBN 0-316-66634-3
OCLC 48495099
813/.6 21
LC Class PS3619.E26 L68 2002

The Lovely Bones is a 2002 novel by the American writer Alice Sebold. It is the story of a teenager who, after being raped and murdered, watches from her personal heaven while her family and friends struggle to move on with their lives while she accepts her own death. The novel received critical acclaim and became an instant sales success. A film adaptation, directed by Peter Jackson, who personally bought the rights, was released in 2009.

Summary
When we meet Susie Salmon, 14, she is already in heaven. This was before the pictures of milk cartons and public service announcements, he tells us; In 1973, when Susie mysteriously disappeared, people still believed that these things had not happened. In the sweet and quiet voice of a precocious adolescent, Susie recounts the terrible events of her death and her adaptation to the strange new place in which she finds herself. It looks a lot like your school playground, with a nice kind of swings. With love, longing and a growing understanding, Susie observes her family as they face their pain, her father embarks on a search for the murderer, his sister performs a feat of incredible daring, his little brother builds a fort in his honor and The difficult healing process begins. In the hands of a brilliant novelist, this story of seemingly unbearable tragedy is transformed into an emotional and moving story about family, memory, love, heaven, and life.

Review
On her way home from school on a snowy day in December 1973, Susie Salmon ("like the fish"), aged 14, is drawn to an improvised underground cave in a cornfield and brutally raped and murdered , the latest victim of an Assassin series: the man she knew as her neighbor, Mr. Harvey.
The exciting and heartbreaking debut novel by Alice Sebold, The Lovely Bones, unfolds from the sky, where "life is a perpetual yesterday" and where Susie narrates and watches over her afflicted family and friends, as well as her blatant murderer and sad detective who works in your case As Sebold believes it, everyone has their own version of heaven. Susie resembles the sports fields and the landscape of a suburban high school: a paradise of her "simplest dreams", where "there were no teachers ... We never had to go inside, except for the art class ... guys did not do it. " pinch our backs or tell us what we smell; our textbooks were Seventeen, Glamor and Vogue. "

The Lovely Bones works like a strange story but it affects the coming of age. Susie struggles to accept his death while clinging to the lost world of life, following the dramas of her family over the years as an episode of My So-Called Afterlife. His family is disintegrating in his grief: his father is determined to find his murderer, his mother retires, his little brother Buckley tries to make sense of the new hole in his family, and his younger sister Lindsey moves through the most important events of his adolescence. A young adult with Susie riding spiritual shotgun. Random acts and lost opportunities run throughout the book: Susie remembers her only kiss with a boy on Earth as "like an accident: a beautiful rainbow of gasoline". Although sometimes sentimental, The Lovely Bones is a poignant exploration of the loss and mourning that finally puts your faith in life and that is made even more powerful by a cast of compelling characters. Sebold organizes a grand finale, and although things tend to end too well for everyone at the end, you can only imagine (or hope) that a heaven is really a place full of such happy endings.

About The Author
Alice Sebold is the author of three #1 bestselling books, including Lucky, and the novels The Lovely Bones and The Almost Moon. Her work has been translated into more than fifty languages and has appeared in The New York Times and The Guardian, among other publications. She is a member of the National Leadership Council for RAINN.org (Rape, Abuse & Incest National Network). She lives in California.

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