The Lovely Bones

The Lovely Bones

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Grand Central Pub
<!--StartFragment--> 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 #1 bestseller celebrated at once for its artistry, for its luminous clarity of emotion, and for its astonishing 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 earth 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 tragedy and loss, THE LOVELY BONES succeeds, miraculously, in building a tale filled with hope, humor, suspense, even joy.

Baker & Taylor
The spirit of fourteen-year-old Susie Salmon describes her murder, her surprise at her new home in heaven, and her witness to her family's grief, efforts to find the killer, and attempts to come to terms with what has happened. A first novel. 40,000 first printing.

Blackwell North Amer
When we first meet Susie Salmon, she is already in heaven. As she looks down from this strange new place, she tells us, in the fresh and spirited voice of a fourteen-year-old girl, a tale that is both haunting and full of hope.
In the weeks following her death, Susie watches life continuing without her - her school friends trading rumors about her disappearance, her family holding out hope that she'll be found, her killer trying to cover his tracks. As months pass without leads, Susie sees her parents' marriage being contorted by loss, her sister hardening herself in an effort to stay strong, and her little brother trying to grasp the meaning of the word "gone."
And she explores the place called heaven. It looks a lot like her school playground, with the good kind of swing sets. There are counselors to help newcomers adjust and friends to room with. Everything she ever wanted appears as soon as she thinks of it except the thing she wants most: to be back with the people she loved on Earth.
With compassion, longing, and a growing understanding, Susie sees her loved ones pass through grief and begin to mend. Her father embarks on a risky quest to ensnare her killer. Her sister undertakes a feat of remarkable daring. And the boy Susie cared for moves on, only to find himself at the center of a miraculous event.

& Taylor

The spirit of fourteen-year-old Susie Salmon describes her murder, her surprise at her new home in heaven, and her witness to her family's grief, efforts to find the killer, and attempts to come to terms with what has happened.

Publisher: Boston : Little, Brown, 2002
Edition: 1st ed
ISBN: 9780316666343
Branch Call Number: FICTION SEBOLD
Characteristics: 328 p


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Dec 04, 2018

This is a lovely read. Sebold's writing style in this book mimics how the human mind contemplates the things that it treasures and despises in an organic, seamless fashion. Told through the point of view of a teenager, the reader follows her journey from being tragically murdered to voyaging to heaven where she can continue to watch over earth as an omnipresent narrator. This book studies how events affect each other and how people deal with the worst of tragedies. Although this book certainly elicits strong emotions like anger and sadness, the beauty is in its realistic details and complex characters whose lives are connected in different ways. After reading this book, it is clear to me why it has been a best seller for so long.

Sep 04, 2018

An excellent book. It presented the loss of a young girl's life from her point of view in "heaven". It was an entertaining look at how life goes on without you, when you die. Good writing. Kept me interested all the way through. Good author.

Jul 26, 2018

I really did not enjoy this book. I used the preloaded audio version and the reader (the author) was flat and emotionless which made the book very hard to be interested in. I also did not enjoy the length of the book. There were many opportunities for the book to end with a decent wrap up of everything going on in the story. It seemed that the author just liked seeing her own words on paper and did not take into account that the ending could have been well before it was. Over all not a terrible book but definitely not a book i would re-read and probably wouldn't even recommend to others.

ArapahoeTiegan Jul 15, 2018

This book was a bit tough to get through. Susie Salmon is raped and murdered by a man who has a taste for young girls. She follows her family's lives after her death from heaven. There were a lot of heavy topics in this book, as you can probably guess from this short overview. However, I do feel it was respectfully written and done in a beautiful way as Susie watched her family grow and change over the years.

Apr 30, 2018

I noticed as I filtered through my "read" list that the stories that really connect with me (that I remember the most details about) are those that are so sad and realistic. Those that are about death, dying, and injustice behind such. This is another movie I haven't watched. Maybe I will...

Dec 28, 2017

I thought this was difficult to get into and really enjoy reading the first couple chapters. I'm so glad I kept going. What a great book!

Dec 03, 2017

A gripping and fascinating story of Susie Salmon. An amazing feat for the author to enable her readers to suspend their own sense of reality - and, from Susie's Heaven, to follow the lives of those she left behind. The characters are intensely defined, and it is difficult not to feel connected with them. I truly enjoyed this book from beginning to end.

Aug 15, 2017

I read most of this in public and it was a big mistake. I kept having to hold in my tears several times. The Lovely Bones will reach into your chest and rip out your heart.

Aug 29, 2016

This made me cry so many times, but it was definitely a worthwhile read. I love the description of lives moved on from trauma, such as losing a child, sister, and friend. It is such a beautiful read.

Mar 28, 2016

I heard people talking about the movie, but I hadn't seen it. I decided to read the book first. It wasn't what I expected at all. I truly enjoyed this book of "What If?" What if you could return from the spirit world? What would you do, or who would you visit? This book inspired me to use my imagination and reflect on what I might do. This story was from the view point of the departed Suzie. I couldn't put the book down as I wanted to know what would happen to Suzie Salmon. Some things in the story really upset me, but then again... people are human. I recommend this book to all my friends!

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Aug 20, 2015

A young girl gets murdered by a quite unnoticable neighborhood man. she guides her father and sister to find out the truth through the presence of her soul

platypus101 Jul 11, 2013

Susie "like the fish" Salmon. She's been dead since December 6, 1973. She was fourteen years old when she was raped and murdered by her neighbor. Here's how it happened. It's a cold snowy afternoon. After school, Susie takes a shortcut through the cornfield to her suburban Pennsylvania home. Mr. Harvey (who she recognizes but doesn't know) is in the cornfield. He's built an underground shelter, with a door that's covered with earth. He piques Susie's curiosity and lures her into the hole. She quickly learns this is a mistake, and he rapes and then kills her. Right now she's in heaven, which she soon learns is her personal heaven – everybody gets one when they die.

teal_tiger_lilly Aug 03, 2012

a 14 year old girl is killed when she is going to a 36 year old mans house just to see his den ... she is killed and cut with a razor... the family is speechless and tries to find a way to move forward in their life

SAPPHIREBEAR15 Jun 25, 2012

On December 6, 1973, in a suburb of Philadelphia, 14-year-old Susie Salmon takes her usual shortcut home from her school through a cornfield. George Harvey, a 36-year-old single man who lives alone and builds doll houses for a living, persuades her to have a look at an underground den he has recently dug in the field. Once she has entered it, he rapes and murders her with a shaving razor and dismembers her body, putting her remains in a safe that he dumps in a sinkhole. Susie's spirit flees toward her personal heaven.
The Salmon family at first refuses to accept the fact that Susie is dead, until Susie's elbow is found by the neighbor's dog. The police talk to Harvey, finding him strange but seeing no reason to suspect him. Susie's father Jack, on extended leave from work, begins to suspect Harvey, a sentiment his surviving daughter Lindsey comes to share

Dec 29, 2010

It is the story of a teenage girl who, after being raped and murdered, watches from Heaven as her family and friends struggle to move on with their lives while she comes to terms with her own death. The novel received much critical praise and became an instant bestseller.

EPLPicks_Teen Apr 07, 2010

An unusual coming-of-age story in which Susie, the 14-year-old narrator, watches from heaven over her family, her murderer and the police detective working on her case.

Fourteen-year-old Susie looks down from heaven and describes the horrifying events of her murder, while her family struggle to cope with the pain of her death.


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Aug 09, 2016

"A father's suspicion is as powerful as a mother's intuition"

Aug 20, 2015

"shes in the inbetween..."

platypus101 Jul 11, 2013

Inside the snow globe on my father's desk, there was a penguin wearing a red-and-white-striped scarf. When I was little my father would pull me into his lap and reach for the snow globe. He would turn it over, letting all the snow collect on the top, then quickly invert it. The two of us watched the snow fall gently around the penguin. The penguin was alone in there, I thought, and I worried for him. When I told my father this, he said, "Don't worry, Susie; he has a nice life. He's trapped in a perfect world.

Jul 17, 2012

Our only kiss was like an accident- a beautiful gasoline rainbow

Jul 17, 2012

My name is Salmon, like the fish; first name, Susie. I was fourteen when I was murdered

Dec 29, 2010

“Had my brother really seen me somehow, or he was he merely a little boy telling beautiful lies?” (p. 95)

“How to commit the perfect murder was an old game in heaven. I always chose the icicle: the weapon melts away.” (p. 125)


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Dec 29, 2010

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