The Lovely Bones: A Novel

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The Lovely Bones: A Novel

Format:  Paperback,

328 pages

Edition: Deluxe

Publisher: Little Brown & Co

Publish Date: Sep 2007

ISBN-13: 9780316001823

ISBN-10: 0316001821

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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"

Specifications

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

About the author

Biography of Sebold, Alice

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.

Reviews

Review by Library Journal (2002-03-15)

The heroine of Sebold's first novel (after the memoir Lucky) is already dead, but that doesn't keep her from talking. Teenager Susie Salmon looks down benevolently from Heaven as her family heals and her murderer is run to ground.

Book description

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

Customer Product Reviews

Rated 4 out of 5★ by 6reviewers.
Rated 2 out of 5★ by Graphic Subject Matter 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. 08/16/2009
Rated 4 out of 5★ by Just my Opinion 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. 05/28/2008
Rated 5 out of 5★ by One of my all time faves! 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. 09/26/2009
Rated 5 out of 5★ by LOVE IT 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!! 04/22/2008
Rated 5 out of 5★ by I love this book this book is amazing from beginning to end. 06/18/2008
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