The Lovely Bones: A Novel

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Paperback, Back Bay Books, 2007, ISBN13 9780316001823, ISBN10 0316001821
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About this item

This deluxe trade paperback edition of Alice Sebold's modern classic features French flaps and rough-cut pages.
Once in a generation a novel comes along that taps a vein of universal human experience, resonating with readers of all ages. "The Lovely Bones" is such a book - a phenomenal #1 bestseller celebrated at once for its narrative artistry, its luminous clarity of emotion, and its astoniishing power to lay claim to the hearts of millions of readers around the world.
""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 eath continue without her - her friends trading rumors about her disappearance, her killer trying to cover his tracks, her grief-stricken family unraveling.
Out of unspeakable traged and loss, "The Lovely Bones" succeeds, miraculously, in building a tale filled with hope, humor, suspense, even joy
"A stunning achievement." -"The New Yorker"
"Deeply affecting. . . . A keenly observed portrait of familial love and how it endures and changes over time." -"New York Times"
"A triumphant novel. . . . It's a knockout." -"Time"
"Destined to become a classic in the vein of "To Kill a Mockingbird." . . . I loved it." -Anna Quindlen
"A novel that is painfully fine and accomplished." -"Los Angeles Times"
""The Lovely Bones" seems to be saying there are more important things in life on earth than retribution. Like forgiveness, like love." -"Chicago Tribune"

About this item

This deluxe trade paperback edition of Alice Sebold's modern classic features French flaps and rough-cut pages.
Once in a generation a novel comes along that taps a vein of universal human experience, resonating with readers of all ages. "The Lovely Bones" is such a book - a phenomenal #1 bestseller celebrated at once for its narrative artistry, its luminous clarity of emotion, and its astoniishing power to lay claim to the hearts of millions of readers around the world.
""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 eath continue without her - her friends trading rumors about her disappearance, her killer trying to cover his tracks, her grief-stricken family unraveling.
Out of unspeakable traged and loss, "The Lovely Bones" succeeds, miraculously, in building a tale filled with hope, humor, suspense, even joy
"A stunning achievement." -"The New Yorker"
"Deeply affecting. . . . A keenly observed portrait of familial love and how it endures and changes over time." -"New York Times"
"A triumphant novel. . . . It's a knockout." -"Time"
"Destined to become a classic in the vein of "To Kill a Mockingbird." . . . I loved it." -Anna Quindlen
"A novel that is painfully fine and accomplished." -"Los Angeles Times"
""The Lovely Bones" seems to be saying there are more important things in life on earth than retribution. Like forgiveness, like love." -"Chicago Tribune"

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Publisher: Little Brown & Co
Publish Date: Sep 2007
ISBN-13: 9780316001823
ISBN-10: 0316001821
Format: Paperback
Number of Pages: 328
Shipping Weight (in pounds): 0.85
Product in Inches (L x W x H): 5.75 x 8.25 x 1.0
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8/16/2009

Customer review by salasong

2.0 stars 8/16/2009 by salasong
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I appreciate the thought process that the author put in to her description of Heaven, but I did not like having to go through the gritty details to get there. It just occurred to me . . . maybe that is the point!! I'm just not a fan of Sebold's detached writing style and will probably not read another of her books.

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salasong
Maryland
Would recommend to a friend? No
Age:35 - 44
Ownership:9 - 10 months
Gender:Female
Usage:Once per year
Just my Opinion
5/28/2008

Customer review by ILoveThisFan

4.0 stars 5/28/2008 by ILoveThisFan
by ILoveThisFan

I enjoyed this read. It was a bit graphic in parts. Not a good story for the faint of heart. The author did a great job of describing what the family is going through. I felt that the climax of the book was near the beginning so it kind of made for a slow read after the first 3 or 4 chapters. My favorite aspect of the book was the authors idea of what heaven is like for the little girl who dies.

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ILoveThisFan
Phoenix, AZ
Would recommend to a friend? Yes
Age:25 - 34
Gender:Female
I love this book
6/19/2008

Customer review by MrsApples

5.0 stars 6/19/2008 by MrsApples
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this book is amazing from beginning to end.

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MrsApples
Would recommend to a friend? Yes
Age:18 - 24
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LOVE IT
4/22/2008

Customer review by cnl120

5.0 stars 4/22/2008 by cnl120
by cnl120

Despite the appearance of this page, this book was SO good. It is intense which makes it hard to put down I would recommend this book to anyone who can handle the suspense!!

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cnl120
NY
Would recommend to a friend? Yes
Age:14 - 18
Ownership:1 week or less
Gender:Female
Usage:Once per year
One of my all time faves!
9/26/2009

Customer review by jp1123

5.0 stars 9/26/2009 by jp1123
by jp1123

I am shocked at some of the reviews! This book was so amazing! I read 4-5 book/week, and while I usually enjoy most of them, this one stands out as one of my personal favorites. I don't understand the reviewer who called it too graphic. It explains the subject matter clearly on the back of the book. She had to know what she was in for. This book was a huge success for Alice Sebold, and is considered one of the all time best debut offerings. I think she brought us a familiar topic but with such a fresh and unique point of view. It's haunting. This book stayed with me long after I finished it.

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jp1123
Michigan
Would recommend to a friend? Yes
Age:35 - 44
Ownership:Longer than one year
Gender:Female
Usage:Once per year

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