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".
About the Author
Alice Sebold lives in California with the writer Glen David Gold. The Lovely Bones is her first novel. Her memoir, Lucky, will be published by Picador in 2003.
'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.'
Reading this story, being a 14 year old became a lot scarier for me,
alhough it's a great story on how one death can change a family so dramatically!
But in another sence is quite haunting to the fact of what happend to her.
It made me really think about after life to the point where i feel self-conscience
that my ancestors are watching me!
This haunting story gets under your skin and stays with your soul. The thought of being in the mind of a murdered little girl is
really sad and emotional, but Sebold manages to make the reader feel that there must be more on the other side, that we indeed have angels watching over us and will one day be there too. The writing and story are unique and special. A good, moving book.
This story tells of the devasting impact the tragic loss of life can have on an entire family. I found it emotionally crippling at times and at other times it made me smile through my tears as the protagonist reflected on the events from heaven.
It is definitely worth reading and most thought provoking although i did find the ending did the story little justice.
As a teacher of English, I would strongly recommend this for a senior class. I taught this book for the first time this year, despite some concerns from other teachers about its confronting storyline. The students loved it and it raised many wonderful discussions. A number of students claimed it was the first book that they had read. A great read
A very poignant tale of life,death,loss and the future. A difficult read if you have children - some of the writing is quite graphic, and tears fall before you can stop them. Nicely written, simplistic, as a narrative of a young girl would be.
Perhaps some would find it to be healing if they have lost someone under tragic circumstances.
I brought this book not really knowing much about it except that Peter Jackson is turing it into a movie. I brought this book last friday and by saturday night i had finished it. It was a fantastic read which i just couldn't put down, it really drew me in. This is the best book i have read in a long time.
this is a book as frustrating as it is brilliant. young susie salmon is brutually raped and murdered by her next door neigh bour, a mentally ill man, and watches her family from heaven as they try to deal with her disappearance and the quest to find her murderer. it is stunning
I loved this book. I thought it would be quite depressing, given the storyline but it was definately worth reading - amazing and beautifully written. I have given it as a gift to friends a couple of times and they've also really enjoyed it.
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