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|On her way home from school on a snowy December day in 1973, 14-year-old Susie Salmon ("like the fish") is lured into a makeshift underground den in a cornfield and brutally raped and murdered, the latest victim of a serial killer-- the man she knew as her neighbor, Mr. Harvey. Alice Sebold's haunting and heartbreaking debut novel, The Lovely Bones, 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 like an episode of My So-Called Afterlife. 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 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, the author narrates the THE LOVELY BONES through the eyes of her winning young heroine. This story of seemingly unbearable tragedy is transformed into a suspenseful and touching story about family, memory, love, heaven, and living.|
|eBay Product ID (ePID)||2294430|
|Number Of Pages||368 pages|
|Publisher||Little Brown & Company|
|LC Classification Number||PS3619.E26 L68 2002|
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The Lovely Bones by Alice Sebold
The narrator is a young woman, Susie Salmon, who lives in Pennsylvania in a middle-class neighborhood and is 14 years old, when the story begins. She will remain 14, since she was murdered in the first chapter. The murder was committed by a neighbor, George Harvey. He greeted Susie as she was cutting through a cornfield on her way home from school. Neither she, nor her family, knew him well, nor did any of the other neighbors, for that matter. Harvey maintained a beautiful yard, but kept to himself most of the time. Everyone saw him as a bit odd, perhaps, because of his distancing himself from others, but he looked rather ordinary. No one was aware of the secrets he carried in his heart about the women whose lives he had taken in other places when posing as someone else. He made his living building and selling doll houses to exclusive shops. Thus, he had little need to socialize or venture out of his home unless he needed supplies for his work or groceries or some such. He had planned to murder Susie and had taken time to prepare, so that he wouldn’t be suspected nor caught. He had secretly built an underground room in the cornfield and lured Susie there. That was where she was sexually assaulted and killed. He dismembered her body, took it home, put it into an old iron safe, and disposed of it in a sinkhole. When he was taking the body home, unbeknownst to him, he lost part of one arm. That was almost the only evidence that anyone ever found that gave a clue as to what had happened to her. She was missing for just a few days when the elbow turned up. A couple of possessions of hers turned up eventually also, but they offered no additional assistance in locating her. Of course, her family was distressed when she turned up missing. The fact that she was missing and presumed dead affected the rest of their lives. Harvey was suspected of causing harm to Susie, but no one could prove it, although her father and the police both tried to do so. Susie’s sister eventually broke into his home, found a piece of paper in a notebook that pointed to his guilt, but he was quick to leave town after that. The police then searched his home and discovered the bones of neighborhood pets that had disappeared over time in the crawl space of his home, but no signs of Susie. Although the murder and Harvey’s disappearance occur near the beginning of the book, the rest is what makes the story unusual: Susie narrates the activities of her family and friends from her celestial home. She watches what they do to try to solve her disappearance/murder in frustration. She cannot give any assistance to them although there are many instances when she would like to be able to do or say just one thing to help them. The story is mesmerizing because the reader hopes that just one time the powers that be will allow her to help them on just one occasion to solve the mystery of what happened to her or to help them with something that is troubling them in their personal lives. The book was first copyrighted in 2002. It has been appearing prominently in displays in bookstores recently because a movie made from the book is being released this month. You might want to check into this good read. Remember: the book is usually better than the movie.
A Very Memorable Read
I bought this book because it was an Oprah book and I'm glad that I did. Its a unique way to tell a story! I thought this was one of the most interesting books I'd ever read and telling it in the first person, after Susie's death was really brave on the part of the author. The end was contrived and I found that a little bit of a let down after the rest of the book was so artfully crafted. I would recommend this book (and have) to anyone! It makes my lifetime top 20 book list and I read a lot!
The Best Book I've Ever Read
I decided to read this book because of the movie that is coming out and I am so glad that I did. I absolutely could not put it down and finished it in less than 24 hours. The Lovely Bones is now, by far, the best book I have ever read. At first I was a bit skeptical about how a writer would pull off a book about rape and murder being told from a child's point of view from heaven. She did an amazing job of it. Her words suck you in and let you clearly see the world from behind Susie's eyes. You can feel the emotions Susie is feeling. I almost cried so many times throughout the book. I absolutely love the way the author writes. Her wording and flow are beautiful. I definitely recommend The Lovely Bones to anyone wanting to read an amazing, well-written book.
Compelling, well written story. Highly recommend this book.
I have seen the movie made from this book twice. Once on DVD then on Netflix so I decided I must read the book because I knew there was much more to story about the lead character. This book has so many different aspects to it. I am quite picky when it comes to the books I read. Though I have not finished the book, really just started reading it I know this is an absorbing tale about the life and fate of a young teen who is preyed upon by a predator in her neighborhood. If you like books with layers of various psychological aspects to, this would be a good read for you.
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A 14 year old girl takes her usual shortcut home from school through a cornfield. A man/neighbor who lives alone, persuades her to have a look at an underground den he has recently dug in the field. Once inside, he rapes and kills her,dismembers her body, puts her parts in a safe & dumps it in a sinkhole. "Susie's" spirit then goes to heaven. Hell of a start, huh?! Her family can't accept she's dead, until her hat and blood are found. The police talk to the man, finding him odd but seeing no reason to suspect him. Susie's father Jack, on extended leave from work, begins to suspect "Mr.Harvey", a notion his surviving daughter Lindsey has also. Trying to help her father prove his suspicions, Lindsey sneaks into Harvey's house, finds a diagram of the underground den, but is forced to leave when Harvey returns unexpectedly. The police, however, satisfied with Harvey's explanation, do not arrest him, which allows him to flee Norristown. Later, evidence is discovered linking Harvey to Susie's murder, as well as to those of several other young girls. Susie meets his other victims in heaven and she is persuaded to cross over but she wishes to bring closure to her life and family. Abigail (wife) leaves Jack, taking a job at a winery in California. Her mother, Grandma Lynn, moves into the Salmons' home to care for Buckley and Lindsey. Lindsey and her boyfriend, Samuel Heckler, become engaged, find an old house in the woods owned by a classmate's father, and decide to fix it up and live there. Sometime after the celebration, while arguing with Buckley, Jack suffers a heart attack. The emergency prompts Abigail to return from California, but the reunion is tempered by her son, Buckley's, lingering bitterness for her abandoning the family. Meanwhile, Harvey returns to Norristown after being on the run, which has become more built on. He goes to his old neighborhood and notices the school is being expanded into the cornfield where he murdered Susie. He drives by the sinkhole where Susie's body rests and where Ruth Connors and Ray Singh are standing. Ruth, Susie's former classmate who had felt Susie's spirit rush past her after her murder, senses the women Harvey has killed and is physically overcome. Susie from heaven, is also overwhelmed with emotion and feels how she and Ruth transcend their present existence, and the two girls exchange positions: Susie, her spirit now in Ruth's body, connects with Ray, who had a crush on Susie in school, and had made plans to go out with her a few days before the murder. Ray senses Susie's presence, and takes advantage of the fact that Susie is briefly back with him. In Hal Heckler's (the older brother of Lindsey's boyfriend Samuel) bike shop they find a room to make love, as Susie has longed to do after witnessing her sister and Samuel. Afterwards, Susie must return to heaven. Susie moves on into another, larger part of heaven, occasionally watching earthbound events. Her sister gives birth to a daughter, Abigail Suzanne. When stalking another young girl in New Hampshire, Harvey is hit by a huge icicle and falls down a snow-covered slope, eventually freezing to death to the movie crowd and my 'cheering'. Susie closes the story by wishing her family "a long and happy life." Don't miss this movie! It's a definite tear jerker/suspence but good for all except gore hounds and thriller nuts. Those stay away (-: Buy on ebay for the going rate w/ S&H. It's a great movie and a great deal! DTD