The Lovely Bones (Alice Sebold)

The Lovely Bones

Author: Alice Sebold
Project: Orpheusunaccepted death / fleeting nature of happiness
Year of publication: 2002
Pages: 372
Goodreads: The Lovely Bones



“A fourteen year-old is raped and murdered, but when she goes to heaven, an in-between between life and death, she can see her family struggling for answers about the loss and grief.” ~Rookreading




“My name was Salmon, like the fish; first name, Susie. I was fourteen when I was murdered on December 6, 1973.”

So begins the story of Susie Salmon, who is adjusting to her new home in heaven, a place that is not at all what she expected, even as she is watching life on earth continue without her — her friends trading rumors about her disappeopenarance, her killer trying to cover his tracks, her grief-stricken family unraveling. Out of unspeakable tragedy and loss, The Lovely Bones succeeds, miraculously, in building a tale filled with hope, humor, suspense, even joy.


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