The Lovely Bones

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Little, Brown, Jul 3, 2002 - Fiction - 336 pages
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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.

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Sebold's writing is masterful no, it's incredible. - Bookreporter.com
The ending of this book is very heartwarming. - Borders
There was no real ending or closure for the family. - Borders
... the ending was a total surprise! - Borders

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User Review  - MIchelle1984 - Borders

This is by and far the worst book I have ever read. It is full of derivitive mis-moshed, fluffy, over blown, confusing imagery. Most of the thoughts were non-sensical and followed no linear thought ... Read full review

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User Review  - desmn - Overstock.com

I found this book a bit depressing. Perhaps, I don't want to read about the extreme sadness of the unraveling of a family caused by a child's death? However, I also found this book difficult to get ... Read full review

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About the author (2002)

Alice Sebold was born on September 6, 1963 in Madison, Wisconsin. She is an American novelist. She has published three books: Lucky (1999), The Lovely Bones (2002) and The Almost Moon (2007). Ms. Sebold attended college at Syracuse University. As a freshman there she was raped. Her first book, Lucky, is a memoir which tells the story of that event in her life and its aftermath. The incident changed her drastically and the theme of terror is prevalent in her writings. Following graduation from Syracuse, she went to the University of Houston for her graduate degree. She won the American Booksellers Association Book of the Year Award for Adult Fiction in 2003 and the Bram Stoker Award for The Lovely Bones in 2002. Alice Sebold lives with her husband, the writer Glen David Gold, in Southern California.

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